Drying, Curing, and Storage (paper bag method)
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many methods to dry and cure plants, what I am going to
explain is just my method of doing it. First off let me
say how nugs dry depends on the strain, some dry tight
and hard, others dry soft and fluffy. There is many ways
of drying your herb and each has its good points and
solid methods. This is simply the way I do it.
what I do:
Once the plants are mature and ready for harvest,
cut the plants down and hang them upside down in dark
& dry area.
Remove all fan leaves and other big leaves.
Let the plants hang for about 3 days or until the
outsides of the bud begin to feel dry. You can gently
squeeze the buds and you should be able to feel that
they are still soft and wet in the middle.
Remove all the buds from the plant, then clip and
manicure them as normal. The left over material from
this step is excellent for making oil, hash, and bubble!
I then place the buds on empty cardboard beer flats
in a dark and dry area so they may continue to slowly
I like to flip the buds over daily until they are
nearly brittle dry, sometimes this will take over a week
for the bigger buds and colas. Again you can gently
squeeze the buds to ensure they are dry in the middle.
Once the buds have dried on the flats, put them into
paper bags. I like to use the large paper bags that you
can find at most grocery stores. Put about 3 inches of
buds into the bottom of a bag and roll the top over as
though it were a lunch bag.
Open the bag once or twice daily, mixing and shaking
the buds around. They'll sweat out the moisture from the
insides of the buds to the outside where they will dry.
Doing this ensures they will dry slowly which leaves a
nice smooth product.
Once the buds are dry in the paper bags, I like to
place them into plastic zip-lock bags for two or three
Watch the buds to see if they become wet again or
the bag sweats after leaving them in the plastic. This
tells you that they are not dry and should be placed
back into the paper bags for further drying. One sure
way to tell if the buds are completely dry is to bend
the buds. If the stem within the bud snap when bent,
they you know it is dry. If the stem bends and does not
snap or crack then it is a pretty good indication that
there is still moisture within the bud.
Once you are certain the buds are dry by leaving
them in the plastic bags for two or three days, then you
can place them into mason jars to cure. Using this
method eliminates having to open the jars daily and
letting excess moisture dry which can form on the glass.
I find it can mould too easily in the glass if not
At this point when everything is bone dry, I like to
package up my herbs into appropriate sized bags and
store in tupperware containers which I place into my
freezer. A warning if your ganja is not bone dry, it can
and will mould and spoil in the freezer if you are not
certain everything is absolutely ready for this type of
If you decide to place your buds into jars I would
suggest to continue to check the jars every day for a
week or two until you're sure they are dry. Then you can
vacuum seal and store the jars away in a safe and dark
location for a rainy day.
Now you can open one jar at a time and enjoy. I've
found that nugs kept in jars for 6+ months cure well and
taste great, however nugs sealed in jars for over a year
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