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If you are like me you have an abundance of fresh herbs in your garden, perhaps more than you can use. What do you do with the surplus? I do what gardeners and cooks have been doing for years – dry the surplus!

Oregano

Oregano

By drying my herbs now I can store them and use them later on. The process of drying herbs is very simple; you can just toss the cuttings on a paper towel and leave them there to dry out. Just remember to check on them.

Herbs just need the slightest rinsing, unless they are covered with dirt or have been sprayed with something.

Find a spot indoors, that is warm and dry and has good air circulation to dry your herbs. I use a closet in our laundry room.

For larger quantities of herbs, bundle the sprigs together and tie with twine. Then hang them upside down to dry.

Tie the stems together.

Tie the stems together.

Leave everything undisturbed until the herbs are dry, which may only take a few days or may take longer. Once the herbs are dry strip the leaves from the stems. You can leave them whole or crush them. Left whole they retain their flavor better but crushed they take up less space. Your choice.

Drying the herbs in a dark, dry place.

Drying the herbs in a dark, dry place.

Store in a glass container with a tight fitting lid and keep away from heat and direct sunlight. Be sure to label your jars. Now you have a fresh supply of dried herbs to get you through the winter!

Label your jars!

Label your jars!

6 comments on “Preserving Herbs – Drying.

Villroses hage on August 19, 2015 8:42 pm

Should do, should do, should do.
Thanks for reminding!

Nancy Wolff on August 20, 2015 10:50 am

Villroses, sometimes I find it’s just hard to stay on top of everything! 🙂

Jesh StG on August 20, 2015 12:33 am

Great post! Have a question. I’ve tried to dry basil leaves, and when I dry them, they turn black – are they still good for storage?

Nancy Wolff on August 20, 2015 10:49 am

I would think they would be ok, make sure they are dry before you dry them. They will get darker but don’t usually turn black! It turns darker because the leaves are oxidizing.

Kelly on August 26, 2015 11:32 am

I think a lot of people get intimidated, but t really is so easy. Great tips! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop. I hope we see you again today. Pinned!

Nancy Wolff on August 26, 2015 11:40 am

Thanks Kelly. Easy to do hard to remember to do it! 🙂

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