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How to Dry Fresh Herbs

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Good For: Marjoram, lavender, chives, sage, oregano, rosemary, mint, catnip, lemon balm.
Method: Tie 5-8 stems together in a bundle, and place bundle in a paper bag, stems extending out from the opening. Hang the bag in a dark, warm place with good air circulation. The temperature should be about  70-80 degrees F. Let dry for two to four weeks, checking periodically to make sure the bundle hasn’t come loose.

Tray/Screen Drying

Good For: Basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano, rosemary.
Method: Remove stalks and stems. Handle leaves gently, and cut large leaves into small pieces. Place on a drying tray, old window screen or baking sheet. If you’re stacking trays, place a spacer in between each try so the herbs have air circulation.
Place in a warm, dark area and stir daily until thoroughly dried.

Oven Drying

Good For: Basil, bay leaves, mint, sage.
Method: This works best for gas ovens.
On a baking sheet, arrange individual leaves so that no leaves are touching. If you have enough for more layers, place a paper towel between each. Do not turn on the oven. Leave overnight.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:04AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks for the tips, bookmarked it.

7:34AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Neat tips. I love my dehydrator. Thanks for posting!

11:11AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

thanks for this useful information. instead of throwing out fresh herbs I can't use in time, will try to dry

9:32PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013


9:43PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Awesome, now I can dry my basil, oregano and parsley. Thanks for the info.

9:16PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thanks for these tips, I have catnip, sage, dill, and chives that I wanted to dry. Big help to me!

10:33AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thank you.

7:40AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thanks so much..

12:57AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing these.

8:53PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013


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