How to Cure Tobacco Leaves

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How to Cure Tobacco Leaves
Curing tobacco without the use of an added heat source is time consuming. (David Silverman/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The rising costs of and high tax rates on tobacco products have forces some people to resort to growing and curing their own tobacco. While it is possible to cure tobacco without a heated facility, it can take up to a year or longer to properly cure the plants for consumption. The longer you allow tobacco to age, the smoother it will burn and taste.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Storage area
  • String
  • Hanging racks

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  1. 1

    Harvest the ripe tobacco plants. This can be done by cutting the plants at ground level or by pulling the ripe leaves from the stalk.

  2. 2

    Tie the ripe leaves into bundles using the string. You will achieve better results and reduce the risk of spoilage if you keep the clusters small.

  3. 3

    Place the bundles over the hanging racks. You will want to space the bundles to allow the air to dry each bundle evenly.

  4. 4

    Monitor the temperature in the drying area to make sure it is between 15.5 and 32.2 degrees C. You will achieve greater success in drying if you are able to maintain the humidity level in the room at no more than 70 per cent.

  5. 5

    Allow the bundles to dry for at least one year before attempting to consume.

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