If you have a garden full of fresh, beautiful herbs, why not take it upon yourself and dry them? Doing so will leave you with homegrown herbs and flowers for cooking and teas all year round. Drying herbs yourself is much cheaper than buying bottle of herbs in the store, especially if you are growing them in your garden. It takes a little bit of time and effort to harvest the herbs and to hang them up to dry. Herbs such as mint, oregano, rosemary, lavender, and more are perfect for drying.
The easiest way to dry your herbs is by hanging them in a warm, dry place.
If it’s sunny and warm, dry your herbs outside:
- lay them on a towel or other dry surface
- use a mesh produce bag. Place the herbs in the bag and set it in direct sunlight. Using a produce bag will also allow you to flip the herbs so that they dry evenly, and it prevents them from blowing away
- use old window screens and racks.
- tie the end of a bunch of herbs or flowers with a piece of string and hang it in an undisturbed place in direct sunlight
When it’s hot, your herbs will dry out completely within a day or two. At dusk, bring your herbs inside to prevent them from getting damp and dewy.
If it’s not hot and sunny outside, bring the herbs indoors. To dry them, you can:
- use an oven on it’s lowest temperature setting
- use a dehydrator on it’s lowest setting
- tie a bunch of herbs or flowers with a piece of sting and hang it in a sunny window in your home
- place them in a mesh produce bag and hang the bag in a sunny window
Dried herbs tend to be much stronger than fresh herbs. When substituting dried herbs for fresh herbs, use 1/3 the amount that the recipe calls for. Store your dried herbs in jars.
Dried herbs made direct from your garden make an amazing holiday present. Tie a little bow around a couple of glass jars and you will win the hearts of many.