How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

Preserving the harvest is a great way to get more out of your garden! Sometimes the garden gives a ton of surplus. Learning to dehydrate greens and herbs is a great way to preserve vital nutrients and flavors for later use. You can dehydrate greens and herbs with very little effort and their uses are limitless.

Preserving the harvest is a great way to get more out of your garden! Sometimes the garden gives a ton of surplus. Learning to dehydrate greens and herbs is a great way to preserve vital nutrients and flavors for later use. You can dehydrate greens and herbs with very little effort and their uses are limitless.

How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs 

A few weeks ago, I harvested a ton of herbs and greens that were not being used in the garden.  I wanted to find a way to save them to use throughout the year when there are not as many wonderful things to eat from the garden.

I used some of the basil to make a nut free version of Pesto, and the kids and I used some of it to make some yummy kale chips.  But I still had bunches of herbs and greens to use, so I decided to dehydrate them. 

Drying herbs dehydrator

Dehydrated foods take up less space for storage, lose very little nutritional value, and are easy to store without the use of electricity. You can dehydrate greens in no time and have a powerhouse of nutrition to use later.

Preserving the Harvest: Drying Herbs and Greens

To dehydrate greens or herbs, wash them thoroughly and spin them dry. You can dehydrate kale, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli or cauliflower leaves, turnip and mustard greens, radish greens, lettuce, arugula and so much more. Any greens you have going to waste in your garden can be dried and used later.

Dehydrated greens: swiss chard, spinach, collard greens or any kind of greens

Dry the greens thoroughly. Dry greens take less time to dehydrate.  You can dehydrate greens and herbs in your oven, but I like the dehydrator because it uses less electricity and doesn’t heat up the house as much.  The mix of greens will dehydrate in just a few hours.

When the greens are dry, you can place them in a large paper bag and crunch them up into powder. For a finer powder, you can also grind them up in the blender.

Did you know you can even dehydrate and use carrot tops? Click here to see how. 

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Drying herbs without a dehydrator

You can easily dehydrate herbs in a paper sack to save electricity and heat in the house.  Herbs dry great like this.  I am going to mix my dried herbs and make my own Italian seasoning mix to use throughout the year and give as Christmas gifts.

Another electricity-freeway of drying herbs and greens is using a sun oven. Click here to see how you can dehydrate herbs or greens in a sun oven. 

You know what else? If you don’t have a sun oven, you can even dehydrate your herbs and greens in your CAR! Click here to see how to do it. I bet it makes your car smell GREAT too!



How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

Bunch a handful of herbs in your hand and tie them with a string or rubber band. Set them in a paper bags that has slits cut in it. 

How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

Bunch up the end of the bad including the herb stems in the bunch and tie a string around it. Hanging the bag helps air get to all sides of the herbs through the slits cut in the bag and helps the herbs dehydrate without getting moldy. The bag keeps the herbs from getting dusty as well. 

How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

Hang up for a couple of weeks and the herbs will be crisp and ready to crunch with your fingers and place in airtight jars for storage. Carefully strip the herbs from the stems and place them in your jars. 

 

 

How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

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How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

DIY Powdered Greens Superfood 

What can you do with green powder once you make it? It’s a superfood! Dehydrating greens preserves most of the nutrients with the exception of some of the vitamin C. It’s a great nutritional supplement. Just sprinkle it in or on whatever you’re cooking.

If you have picky eaters, green powder is a great way to hide vegetables in their food. A serving of greens dries down to just a few teaspoons of powder. You can hide it in your pizza or spaghetti sauce or mix it with eggs. It looks like herbs and you can’t taste it. 

Click here for more ways to hide nutrients for picky eaters.

Preserving greens

I feel good about boosting the nutrients in the food I serve with green powder. And my excess greens aren’t going to waste. I feel like a superstar. Also, I know we can use that nutrition when the garden season is over. Winter time is when we need it most.

You can also chop it up and freeze it in one cup portions to drop into soups and casseroles.

Dehydrating Greens for Easy Nutrition All Winter Long

What are some ways you preserve the harvest?

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How to Dehydrate Greens and Herbs and Make Homemade Green Powder

 

 

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18 comments

  1. Fusca says:

    Superb content you have right here.

  2. We love dried or freeze dried herbs. Such a great resource!

  3. Mary Wilber says:

    Hi,

    I started an herb garden this year and thank you for this information. I want to do this and am excited to see the ending product when it is done. I look forward to using my own home grown herbs this Fall and Winter!

  4. donna gilleland says:

    great idea for green smoothies

  5. Corinne Carr says:

    Thank You, I am glad I stumbled along on your blog. This is exactly something I was looking for. I want to learn more about herbs and how to store them this so helpful. Thanks

  6. musa juma says:

    Thanks a lot , this is the best way of preserving food mostly the nutrients.

  7. Karen says:

    This is a great way to preserve the harvest! I have never considered drying greens, but it seems like a great way to add some nutritional punch to lots of food during the winter.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Anne Marie says:

    Thank you for the ideas and step-by-step tutorial. Dried herbs are so expensive and these are basically free. I’ve never had dried greens, but I would love to sneak more spinach and any kale at all into my daughter’s diet.

  9. Mike the Gardener says:

    Very cool tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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