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How to Dry Large Gourds

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Overview

Dried gourds are perfect for decorating during the fall months. They can also be cut and used as bowls, cups, birdhouses and a variety of other objects. Large gourds can easily be dried at home, even if you have no prior experience with this type of project. Nature does all the work for you, so there is no need for special drying tools. However, gourds almost always grow mold during the drying process, so proper care must be taken to avoid mold-related health risks.

Step 1

Place the large gourds in an elevated spot outside of your home. It is beneficial if the spot has constant airflow. Do not put the gourds directly on the ground as insects and other animals are more likely to chew holes in them.

Step 2

Rotate the large gourds 90 degrees once a week to prevent flat spots from forming.

Step 3

Wipe the gourds with a 5 percent white vinegar solution to remove mold every three days. If the label on your vinegar says 5 percent, then there is no need to alter it.

Step 4

Continue the process until the large gourds dry. You can tell the gourds are dry if the seeds rattle when the gourds are shaken. The entire process can take anywhere from a month to a whole year.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Washcloth

References

  • TheGourdReserve.com: Drying Gourds
Keywords: dry gourds, cure gourds, dehydrate gourds

About this Author

Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.