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    Question how to dry nettles?

    ive just been nettle picking to make lots of lovely tea, but i want to dry the nettles and store them (ive got LOTS)

    BUT most of them arent on the stalks..is mostly leaves,so i cant really hang them up to dry out...

    so does anyone know of a quicker way to dry them? i originally thought the oven would work..but im not sure what temp to put them in or how long or anything..?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danni View Post
    ive just been nettle picking to make lots of lovely tea, but i want to dry the nettles and store them (ive got LOTS)

    BUT most of them arent on the stalks..is mostly leaves,so i cant really hang them up to dry out...

    so does anyone know of a quicker way to dry them? i originally thought the oven would work..but im not sure what temp to put them in or how long or anything..?
    I put my bay leaves loosely in a plastic bag and hung it in the airing cupboard.....worked a treat until I changed to a combi boiler......
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    how long did they take to dry?
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    ditto just put them in airing cupboard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danni View Post
    how long did they take to dry?
    Bay leaves were a good month or so but remember they are shiny skinned leaves and don't let the moisture evaporate so easily....nettles shouldn't take that long....meanwhile just keep using them fresh for tea whilst the others are drying.
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    I use one of these for drying herbs,flowers and leaves...

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    cut them at the base or try to get the root aswell and then hang them in a warmish dark place leave them for 7-15 days then they should be dried place them into jars for storing personally living in the countryside we got them all year round so can just go out and pick leaves buds and stems as much as i want lol

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    thanks guys

    though i was a little impatient and struggling to hang up loose leaves so i gave the oven a shot..and yay,it worked
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    slightly off topic (just) but i was shown how to dry flowers using a microwave on very low last week. worked a treat. Not sure how it would go for herbs to consume, and depends on personal preference re nuking too.
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