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How do you dry gourds?

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Dry gourds by cleaning them with a vinegar solution and then placing them on an elevated screen in a well-ventilated area. Turn the gourds regularly, and wipe off any moisture or fungus. When the seeds rattle inside, the gourds are dry and ready for use or long-term storage.

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  1. Clean the outside of the gourds

    Fill a spray bottle with water, and add 2 teaspoons of distilled white vinegar. Spray the mixture on the gourds, and wipe them dry with a soft cloth.

  2. Arrange the gourds on a screen in a cool, dry place

    Place the gourds on a piece of sturdy screening in a cool, well-ventilated area. Make sure that none of the gourds are touching so that all sides are exposed to the air.

  3. Tend the gourds regularly

    Every few days, turn the gourds to make sure that all sides receive adequate air flow. Wipe off any moisture or fungus that accumulates on the gourds. Discard gourds that develop soft spots.

  4. Check the gourds for dryness

    After one month, start checking the gourds for dryness by shaking them gently. If the seeds rattle, the gourd is ready to use or store. Large gourds take up to 6 months to complete the process.

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