An airtight container to store the powdered basil. I use an old empty spice jar.
A blender (food processor or coffee grinder might work as well)
Pick your fresh basil, rinse, and lay out the leaves onto dehydrator mesh trays. I used up a total of 3 trays. Anything less than 3 trays probably won’t blend well enough, it’s important to have enough basil for the blender to work properly.
Dehydrate at 105F for 10 – 15 hours. I give a range because dehydrating times vary by machines and by geographic location.
Once basil is fully dehydrated, blend using a high powered blender such as a Vitamix. The more basil you have, the better the blender will be able to process it. You can try using a coffee grinder or food processor, but I have not tried these methods.
Store in a spice jar, and use in your favorite basil recipes!
I keep my dried herbs in room temperature (and it gets pretty hot here in south florida) and all of my spices are always okay, but it is wise to always check your food for signs of spoilage.
It is important that the basil is completely dried before you blend it up or else you will have moisture and that allows bacteria to thrive, and leads to spoilage.
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