3 Ways to Dry Out Garden Herbs

pots of 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

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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