One of the benefits of drying your own herbs from the garden is that you always have plenty. When I dehydrate a batch of basil herbs, I end up with tons more than could possibly fit into a single, repurposed spice jar. So I needed a way to store my garden fresh herbs that would be attractive and pretty, but still simple.
You will need:
- Valspar Chalkboard Spray Paint (be sure to get the kind specifically for metal)
- A case of canning mason jars (half-pint size)
- Room to spray away!
Lay the lids of the mason jars out so the edges aren’t touching. Spray an even coat of paint on the lids and let the paint dry.
I needed to do two full coats of paint because of the way the lids are uneven. One time, one direction, and the next time, the next direction. Once they are evenly coated, let the lids dry completely.
Once they are dry, you can use a simple stick of chalk to mark the mason jars for whatever herb, spice, or seasoning mix you have in there at the moment. One half-pint jar will hold one full batch from my dehydrator so it’s just the right size.
If you’re using them for long-term storage, consider using a moisture absorber. We have used a few grains of rice at the bottom of the of the jars to help absorb any humidity and keep the herbs more fresh.
Plus, they look so beautiful! Who doesn’t love a good mason jar craft?