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How to Dry Fresh Herbs

By Edited Jan 25, 2016 0 2

Save Money with Fresh Herbs and Control the Ingredients in your recipes!

7 Steps to Dry Herbs

How to Dry Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs can enhance the flavor of anything you make whether it's tea, sandwiches or lunch, dinner, baked goods or even flavored oils to enhance many of your daily meals.  If you grow your own herbs and can't use them all at once, you can dry them for later use and they'll still maintain their robust flavors. Drying your own fresh herbs will also help to save money at the grocery store! You can also buy fresh herbs in bulk at many local and online shops so you'll be able to save them all year long and not just in the summer season.  Learn how to dry your own fresh herbs easily to have them readily available for use with these tips.

Difficulty: Easy

 

Instructions

Things You'll Need:

Fresh herbs

Rubber bands

Drying rack

Time

Storage containers

Step 1

Grow your own fresh herbs

Dry Fresh Herbs - Basil

Use a large container for an garden or choose a small area of the outdoor garden especially for herbs. After using the fresh herb leaves all season long and before the plants are done blooming, use the leaves for drying the herbs for later use. Fresh plants are only a few dollars each and will yield many leaves for you to use in recipes and can be much less expensive than buying fresh or even dried herbs in the grocery store.

Step 2

Remove the leaves

First remove the fresh herbs from their stems by gently stripping them off completely until on the leaves are left.

Step 3

Gather the herbs in bunches

Gather or bind together in small bunches and tie with a rubber band, jute, twine or any kind of binder. Make several smaller bunches instead of one large one to make the drying process go a little faster.

Step 4

Hang upside down

Place your aromatics on a drying rack or hang upside down and keep in a cool, dry area away from sunlight. A slow drying process will work better than burning them in the sunlight. Here's the herb drying rack that I like.

Step 5

Allow time to dry herbs

Check on the fresh spices daily until they become slightly crisp, it could take 5-8 days or even longer depending on the moisture or dryness of the air.

Step 6

Store in sealed containers

Take down the bunches of fresh aromatics and lay them out on several sheets of newspaper or cloth. Untie the twine carefully. Keep them in long pieces or you can also crush the leaves so that they will fit into jars or containers. Immediately place your spices into a sealed container until needed to maintain freshness.

Step 7

Storing fresh dried herbs

Dry Fresh Herbs and store in containers

Freshly dried spices should stay fresh in tightly sealed containers out of the sunlight for at least 6 months and many will last for up to a year. Use them for all your recipes, sandwiches or sauces to enhance flavors. Leave a comment below and let us know if you like to dry fresh herbs to help save money, because you enjoy watching the process or another reason.

 

Tips & Warnings

  • You may choose to hang your aromatics upside down instead of using a drying rack

  • Store in a tightly sealed container until ready to use

  • Be creative and try your freshly dried herbs in teas and cocktails, sandwiches, meals, desserts and make your own flavored oils for dipping artisan breads.

Herb Drying Rack

Speeds up the process

Advanced Nutrients Mini Quick Cure Hanging Dryer Rack
Amazon Price: $24.00 Buy Now
(price as of Jan 25, 2016)
Use this simple to use drying rack with 4 shelves that you can hang in your kitchen, sunroom or near a window to speed up the process of herb drying. Quick, easy and lots of room to separate all those specialty herbs.

Herb Storage Jar Set

Esschert Design USA C1010 Secrets du Potager Herb Storage Jar Set
Amazon Price: $38.53 Buy Now
(price as of Jan 25, 2016)
Complete set to hold six different or all of one kind of your favorite spices in airtight containers right next to your stove for use every day.

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Comments

Jul 11, 2011 5:52pm
divaonline
I never even thought of drying my own herbs! Thanks for the helpful instructions. Great photos!
Jul 31, 2013 11:56am
alexiafeatherchild
This is a helpful bit of information. Now I can dry the basil that I've growing. Thanks!
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