My fascination with herbs began over twenty years ago. I’d plant a few each spring and I loved growing them. My first herb garden was tiny but beautiful and that was the extent of its usefulness. That was enough for a while. I was busy raising teenagers and following them in extra curricular activities and didn’t have
energy time to explore and learn to use the herbs to their potential. I was satisfied with just the enjoyment of growing them.
Over the years though, I began to think that I’d like to start using the herbs I was growing, but I was unsure how to do so. After doing some research and finding many different instructions on ways to dry herbs, I became overwhelmed and did nothing. It seemed too complicated and too time consuming. I was disappointed and frustrated.
I did try using the microwave. And then I tried the oven. I ended up with a lot of burnt herbs.
Then I stumbled across something on the internet which gave me hope and renewed my spirit!
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Did you KNOW that you can successfully dry herbs by just letting them air dry naturally? I mean… I knew it I guess. I’d seen all those beautiful pictures of bunches of herbs hanging upside down in dark closets and such. But who has an empty dark closet? And who would remember they were hanging there until five years later??
But THIS! THIS was doable!
The only problem I could see with this simple idea is space. You need flat surfaces or counter space, but I could live with full countertops for a week or so. No hanging, no tying, no dark rooms.
- Clip fresh herb stems
- Shake off excess water
- Spread out on paper towels to dry
- Turn over once a day
Now how simple is that? This is something I could get around to doing! And after a week, maybe two, I’d have my own dried herbs.
You will know when they are completely dry because they will be crispy to the touch.
One day I may get fancy and buy pretty jars, but for now I use ziploc bags to store my freshly dried herbs. Before putting them into the baggies, strip the leaves off the coarse stems and just save the leaves. Stems are not generally very tasty.
This method of drying herbs works well for me. It’s super easy and that’s exactly what I need.
If you’d like to read more about herbs, you might like to check out my herb bed
And if you are interested in a dehydrator, this Presto looks great and for a reasonable price! I’d like to try one some day.
If you are interested in other ways of preservation, this article from MORNING CHORES talks about 9 Great Ways to Preserve Herbs.