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All Information About Dried Cinnamon Leaves – 3 Pro Tips To Store Cinnamon Leaves Properly

 

Cinnamon is a spice that has been used for centuries in cooking, medicine, and aromatherapy. While most people are familiar with cinnamon in its ground or stick form, the leaves of the cinnamon tree are also an important part of its makeup. Dried cinnamon leaves are a versatile and aromatic ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways. In this article, we’ll explore the history and uses of dried cinnamon leaves and other creative uses for these fragrant leaves. 

What are dried cinnamon leaves?

Cinnamon leaves are elongated, slender, oval to lanceolate in shape, and taper to a tip. They are medium in size. When the leaf is fresh, the surface is leathery and bright green, and each leaf has three pronounced central veins that are a light green color. Cinnamon leaves that have been dried have a matte appearance and turn olive in color, like bay leaves. Therefore, bay leaf and cinnamon leaf are similar in terms of appearance.

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Dried cinnamon leaves

How To Harvest And Dry Cinnamon Leaves

In contrast to fresh cinnamon leaves, the process of producing dry cinnamon leaves is quite complex. Here are 7 basic Steps for Processing Fresh Cinnamon Leaves for Dried Goods.

Step 1: The cinnamon tree may be used to gather fresh leaves, which you can do if you have access to one. Look for completely matured, healthy, leaves that are free of defects. Avoid using damaged, discolored, or diseased leaves since they will lower the quality of your finished product.

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Collect cinnamon leaves

Step 2: After collecting the leaves, thoroughly rinse them under cold running water to get rid of any dirt or debris. To remove any tenacious dirt or filth, lightly massage the leaves with your fingertips. To prevent injuring the leaves, take care to handle them lightly.

Step 3: After washing the leaves, pat them dry with a fresh kitchen towel or some paper towels. Before drying the leaves, you should get rid of as much moisture as you can since too much moisture might cause the leaves to mildew or decay.

Step 4: Lay the leaves out to dry: When the leaves are prepared, spread them out on a clean, dry surface, such as a table or kitchen counter, in a single layer. Ensure that the leaves are not in contact with one another so they don’t cling together during drying.

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Drying cinnamon leaves

Step 5: Allow the leaves to air dry: The time it takes for the cinnamon leaves to entirely air dry may vary depending on your location’s environment. By putting the leaves in a warm, well-ventilated location or using a dehydrator on a low setting, you may hasten the drying process. To achieve uniform drying, flip the leaves occasionally.

Step 6: Once the leaves have dried completely, remove any leftover stems or debris from the leaves. The stems can be removed either by gently plucking them off or by trimming them off using a pair of scissors. Any leaves that are still moist or discolored should be thrown away since they could have started to decay.

Step 7: Once the cinnamon has been taken out of the oven, it might be necessary to continue incubating in the same way during the drying process until it reaches the appropriate level of dryness. The drying environment’s temperature and humidity will have an impact on this. Dry at a temperature of 70 to 75 °C.

People often create a fine powder by grinding the dried cinnamon leaves. After the leaves have been well cleaned and dried, you may pulverize them using a food processor, mortar, or spice grinder. To achieve consistent grinding, mill the leaves in tiny batches. To get rid of any bigger particles, you may alternatively sift the powder using a fine-mesh sieve. Until it is time to use it, keep the cinnamon leaf powder in an airtight container in a cold, dry location. If properly maintained, the powder will remain usable for several months

What are Dried Cinnamon Leaves used for?

Cinnamon leaves can be used in a variety of ways, including in food, cosmetics, and medicine. Cinnamon leaves are frequently used in baked dishes, Jamaican porridge, and herbal teas in the culinary world. In addition to helping people lose weight, cinnamon tea can also be used to treat stomach distress and cold and flu symptoms. Cinnamon leaves increase the health advantages of green tea when paired with it. 

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What are Dried Cinnamon Leaves used for?

In addition to being a natural disinfectant, cinnamon leaves also nourish the skin, lessen the symptoms of aging, and improve skin tone. Dried Cinnamon leaves are excellent against acne and other skin flaws because of their antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant characteristics. Cinnamon leaf oil has cosmetic uses that include replacing lip gloss and enhancing the oxygenation of the skin’s surface.

How to store dried cinnamon leaves

To preserve their flavor and scent, dried cinnamon leaves must be stored properly. The following advice can help you preserve dried cinnamon leaves:

  • Use an airtight container for storage. Put the dried cinnamon leaves in an airtight container or a plastic bag that can be sealed. In order to prevent the leaves from losing their flavor and perfume, make sure there is no air within the container.
  • Keep away from direct sunlight, heat, and moisture. Store the container in a cool, dark location. Dried cinnamon leaves are best kept in a pantry or cabinet.
  • Put a date on the container’s label. To keep track of how long the cinnamon leaves have been stored, mark the container with the date of storage.

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    Store cinnamon leaves

Regardless of whether you are a fan of cinnamon leaves or simply interested in their health benefits, we hope that this post furnishes you with all the necessary information. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Our experts from K-Agriculture, which is one of the biggest factories in agriculture in Vietnam will help you with further explanation.

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About author Camila Nguyen

She has 13 years experience in connecting B2B customers around the world and provide best-quality agricultural products from Vietnam to them. She would love to share her knowledge about agricultural products through the blogs. You can contact her on Whatsapp via number: +84 84 4444 867 to get the free consultancy

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