If you have an herb garden and haven’t taken advantage of drying your own herbs then now is the perfect time to learn how to dry herbs! There are many ways to approach this process and I've only brought you one, which is very easy DIY in the kitchen. Don't stop reading so you'll learn what and how!
Air Drying Herbs | Simplest Way On How To Dry Herbs
One of the simplest methods of drying herbs is air drying. This method may take some time, but the result is a cleaner, purer flavor than the other methods. If you are using herbs straight from your garden, you can opt not to wash your herb, since some oil may be removed by rinsing; but shake them to remove dirt or insects attached. But if you will use store-bought herbs, carefully wash and dry them. The best time to harvest your herbs is in the mid-morning when the dew is gone and just before the sun has dried off herbs' essential oil. Let's get started!
How To Dry Herbs:
Step 1: Tie The Herbs
Use twist ties or twine to tie small bundles of herbs. Make sure tie only small batches of bundles, to avoid mold and leave extra twine at the end for hanging.
Step 2: Hang The Bundles
Choose a well-ventilated place where you can hang the bundles. Be sure it is a warm place and not in direct sunlight.
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Step 3: Wrap The Bundles
Carefully wrap your herb bundles in paper bags with several holes like what Vegetable Gardener did, to contain dust or dirt.”
Step 4: Remove Paper Bags
When the herb bundles are completely dry, gently remove the paper bag.
Air drying your herbs may require more time – 1 to 2 weeks, however, dried herbs in bundles can be wonderful and are very easy to store. Once the herbs are completely dry, you can simply hang them anywhere in the kitchen and use whenever your heart desires.
Want another method on how to dry herbs? Check out this video from eHow:
That’s it for how to dry herbs, folks! Now that you've learned how to dry herbs, enjoy adding dried herbs in your favorite recipes any time of the year.
Will you try drying your own herbs? Let us know in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in June 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.