Air drying is an ancient, effective method for preserving your harvest which has been used for millennia. Used by civilisations from Incas to Greeks and Romans to preserve produce for the winter months and for enhancing flavours.
The Nether Wallop Herb Dryer is stylish in design, easy to assemble and simplicity itself to use.
The wooden frame holds three unbleached cotton hammocks, the three tier system saves valuable kitchen space.
It is safe, effective and environmentally friendly and lets you use your own home-grown produce all year round. It is suitable for drying a wide range of herbs, spices, chillies or even seeds ... the list is endless.
When assembled the Herb Dryer measures 37cm wide by 37cm deep by 26cm high (14½ x 14½ x 10in).
The Herb Dryer is packaged in an attractive cardboard tube which measures 40cm long. It comes with full instructions and would make a suitable gift, perfect for any keen cook or gardener with a herb patch.
The Nether Wallop Herb Dryer was short listed for the Product of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The judges said that it was:
"...a contemporary twist on a traditional practice, the Nether Wallop Herb Dryer dries herbs, chillies, mushrooms and seeds with no power required. Innovative, practical and easy-to-store, the dryer can be used time and time again.
How to Air Dry
Leaves, stems, flowers, seeds and roots can be dried. They can be used for culinary use and teas, but also some can be used for ingredients in lotions and salves.
Most guides recommend picking herbs and other plants for drying just after the morning dew has dried. If the plants have large leaves, strip them from the stems and lay in a single layer on the screening.
For those with tiny leaves, like thyme, keep the leaves on the stem until drying is complete, then just run your fingers down the stem and they drop off. For long leaves like chives and lemon grass, cut the freshly picked leaves with scissors, into pieces 6 to 12mm (¼ to ½ in) long.
Drying time is influenced by the type plant, the amount of air circulation and the ambient temperature. Most flowers and herbs are dehydrated in a few days.
Examples of leafy herbs suitable for drying are parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, lemon balm, lemon grass, chives, marjoram, stevia, holy basil, horsetail, and sassafras. To preserve the flavour of the dried herbs, store in a tightly covered jar, away from heat or light.
Dry the flowers of borage, lavender, dandelion, and calendula. Flowers dry best when newly opened. If they are large or bulky, dry them on the top of the rack where the airflow is greater.
Save seeds of dill, fennel and nasturtium and coriander (the seeds of the cilantro plant), use them as a spice in cooking. Harvest and dry seeds of annuals and perennials for sowing the following year.
Seeds are pretty well dry by the time they are gathered, but will benefit from a little air drying before they are stored. Always label and date seeds immediately to save confusion later.
Roots that can be harvested garlic, horseradish, echinacea, and liquorice.
Roots often hold a lot of moisture. Slice fresh, cleaned roots into smaller pieces, exposing more surfaces to the air to expedite drying.
The company Nether Wallop is based in and named after the village in central Hampshire, England. It is part of The Wallops: Nether, Middle and Over Wallop. The name Wallop derives from 'waella' (stream) and 'hop' (valley) or 'the valley of springing water'.
The town was the site of the Battle of Guoloph that took place around the year 439. The element 'Wallop' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Wallope'; 'Wollop inferior', that is to say Nether Wallop, is first attested circa 1270 in Episcopal Registers.
The village contains many old thatched cottages and has been featured in books and TV programmes as one of the prettiest villages in England.
Dane Cottage in Five Bells Lane, Nether Wallop was used as Miss Marple's home in the village of St. Mary Mead for the BBC adaptations, played by British actress Joan Hickson of the Agatha Christie Miss Marple novels. The house and many of the surrounding lanes within the village were used as the setting and are commonly seen throughout many of the Miss Marple films (where Joan Hickson played Miss Marple.
Sir Richard Reade (1511-1575 ) Lord Chancellor of Ireland, was a native of Nether Wallop
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