Drying Fresh Herbs: How to Cut & Dry Fresh Herbs for Fall & Winter by Jan Mostrom

Drying Fresh Herbs: How to Cut & Dry Fresh Herbs for Fall & Winter

I love to cook, and I especially love to use fresh items that are in season. I've posted about my herb pot, and I love having fresh herbs at my fingertips all summer to add to all of my recipes. Unfortunately, I live in a climate where I can't grow herbs all year. Fall is here and my herb pot is starting to feel it. I didn't want to waste any of them, so I thought I'd try and dry them. It turns out that drying fresh herbs is very easy!

All I did was cut the stems and then rubber band the bottoms together. You need to find a place to hang them and let them dry out. I chose the stems of my kitchen orchid, and in about a week some of them were ready – others took a bit longer. It's a thrifty way to use those beautiful herbs up and not waste any!

You'll need:

  • fresh herbs of any type

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  • You can dry rosemary, thyme, marjoram, parsley, cilantro, chives, oregano, basil and so many more. 
  • Store the dried herbs in a cool place for up to six months.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Cut sprigs of fresh herbs. Rubber band the bottoms together.
  2. Hang them somewhere out of the way to dry out.
  3. When completely dry crumble the leaves and place in a plastic bag or jar to store in your spice cabinet.

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Very cool, I didn’t know this.
Elisa Schmitz
What a fun thing to do, Jan Mostrom . I have a bunch of mint still growing that I'm going to try and dry, thank you!

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