3 ways to dry out garden herbs

It’s still early summer, but my garden is already doing so much better this year then it was last! Here’s what I ended up with:

  • Basil & lemon basil potted on the front steps (I find it’s too fickle to keep in the ground)
  • Oregano that gave me nothing last year has been relocated and now needs trimming each week
  • Parsley somehow came back from last year and I added a bunch more
  • Peppermint for the first time!
  • Chocolate mint for the first time- hanging on by a thread….come on buddy! Live!
  • Chives currently potted on the front steps until I figure out where to put them (apparently they spread like crazy)

Today I thought I’d share 3 ways I dry out my herbs as I trim them.

1. Lay them flat on a cookie sheet

IMG_2562This is what I’ve been doing with my basil because I add it to water everyday- it’s my least favorite way to dry out plants because I feel like it takes the longest, but since I use 3-4 leaves daily in water it’s what’s easiest and they don’t need to be completely dried for how I’m using them.

2. Hang them in a bundle

hanging bundleBecause my cats have no consideration, I ended up bundling my plants then hanging them from my guest closet’s pole. It worked just fine (in the dark, with the closet door closed) and took a few weeks to completely dry out.

3. Bag and chill them

paper bagThis technique was the one I was most skeptical about, and it absolutely works the best. It makes the leaves super crunchy and retains flavor really well. Just pop them in a paper bag in the back of the fridge and get them a few weeks later.

What technique do you use? Whatcha growing this year?



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4 thoughts on “3 ways to dry out garden herbs

  1. Mint can spread quickly too! Chives can spread but not like oregano and are very resilient. You can cut them to the ground and they keep on popping up. I like the flower though so I usually just let them go. I have never dried them- Sometimes I hang bunches up on the curtain rods (out of reach from the scamps) in the kitchen in the just leave them there to look pretty!

    Lavender is a fun one – a bit finicky, but a nice perennial once you find the right variety for the right spot. That is great to cut and hang!

    Fun, fun! And I have some stuff potted up for you!

    • yes- that’s part of why I haven’t potted the chives yet! I can’t decide if I want them in the herb garden or in a flower bed. Maybe I’ll try to divide it and do half and half.

      Friday the 21st I have the day off… maybe I’ll come up to FPU for a lunch date? would that work for you?

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