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It is so important to know How to Dry Herbs, especially, if you have a kitchen garden, or have access to herbs. This is a great way to preserve those valuable herbs so that you can use them throughout the seasons. Stretch that growing season abundance by drying your herbs with 4 different ways!
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How to Dry Herbs
Hi Everyone, if you have ever had an abundance of herbs growing in your garden, you will understand the value of being able to preserve those herbs.
Things to consider
- make sure your herbs are healthy, discard yellow or dieseased leaves or any with mildew or mold
- make sure they are clean, rinse them thoroughly to clean before the drying process
When should you dry herbs?
- you can dry them during the season when you need to prune your herb plants
- you can dry them when you area ready to harvest at the end of the season
- if they are grown indoors or grow them in a greenhouse, you can dry them in the winter too!
I link (Amazon affiliate link) to all of the tools that I may use when drying herbs in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- basket, for gathering
- bakers twine or rubber bands
- paper bags
- kitchen scissors, for cutting
- colander and/or salad spinner
- storage containers – I link to the storage containers that I use below that you can easily label
Ingredients: What herbs can you dry?
Here are some herbs that I like to dry from my garden:
- lemon verbena – I love using this in salads and to make tea
- basil – great to use on a daily basis for cooking recipes
- mint – excellent for tea and many recipes
- lemon balm – great for tea and other DIYs
- oregano – I love using this in sauces, with chicken and Italian/Mediterranean recipes
- winter savory – I like using this in chicken and meat marinades
What herbs do you like to dry? Let me know in the comments below!
What methods can you use to dry?
There are four methods that you can use to dry:
- Air dry – this is the method that I outline in the recipe card at the end of the post. I mostly use this method.
- Oven drying – since most people have ovens, this would be a simple and effective way to dry herbs thoroughly at a low heat. This would be another way I would dry herbs.
- Dehydrating – you would use a food dehydrator
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- 12 ounces herbs, or more, depending on how much you have
- Clip the fresh herbs that you want to dry from your garden.
- Thoroughly wash the herbs and dry them in a salad spinner.
- Using baking twine or rubber bands, and bind together a few herbs stems together. Make sure they are not too dense.
- Hang the herbs in a cool, dry place. If you want to make sure they do not get dusty, use a brown paper bag (poke it with holes) and cover them as they are hanging.
- When they are dry, transfer the herbs to a clean, dry storage container.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 598Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 428mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 49gSugar: 9gProtein: 44g
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