3 Ways to Dry Out Garden Herbs

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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

herbs on the cookie sheet

This 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 bundle

Because 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

place them in paper bag

This 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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