One of the most popular ways to use herbs is by drying them for recipes. Dried herbs throughout history have been utilized for sacred ceremonies, medicines, perfumes, and cooking. Drying your herbs is easier than you think, and will allow you to preserve your harvest for long term use. There are a few methods to drying herbs available: Air Drying, and Oven Drying.
Methods of Drying Herbs
Air drying has been used for centuries. This method is easy to do, but will take the longest for the herbs to completely dry. Begin by gathering your herbs in bunches, and clipping them with shears. Tie your herb bundles to be 1 inch in diameter with twine, and hang the bundles upside down. Wait until the bundle is completely dry, then harvest the leaves off the stems.
Oven drying is a great option if you need to speed up the drying process. Set your oven to the lowest temperature setting available. Pluck the leaves from the stems off, and lay them onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Bak the herbs until they are completely dried. This will take around 30 minutes, but be sure to keep an eye on the herbs so they do not burn.
Storing Dried Herbs
After your herbs have been dried and leaves are picked from their stems, store them in glass bottles with a lid. Keeping the herbs sealed will prevent pests from getting into your harvest and will help keep them fresh. It is recommended to keep your herbs in an airtight container for 6 to 12 months for optimum freshness.