How to dry lavender

You have a nice fresh bunch of lavender – now what? For drying lavender, bundle stems together with a rubber band Hang bundles upside down to dry in a dark, warm spot. For more than one bundle Use paper clips to secure bundle to clothesline. Protect drying lavender from sunlight to retain best color, and place a sheet beneath the bundles to catch any buds or blooms that might fall. You should have dried lavender bunches in about seven to 10 days, depending on humidity.

Drying lavender

You can store dried lavender buds to add their sweet floral flavor to kitchen creations. Like other herbs, dried lavender buds are more potent than fresh. When recipes call for fresh lavender, substitute half as many dried lavender buds or blooms.

You can also use dry lavender buds in crafts like potpourri, sachets or soaps.

Easy Lavender Lemonade

½ cup culinary lavender

1 quart water

1 can frozen pink lemonade

Steep ½ cup of culinary lavender in 1 quart of boiling water 5-10 minutes

Strain lavender water and discard buds

Use lavender water to mix frozen lemonade per directions on can in a pitcher

Serve over ice

Garnish with lemon slice and fresh lavender sprig