Drying herbs is a simple way to preserve your favorite fresh herbs all winter long. I recently dried copious amounts of rosemary, sage, mint, oregano, and thyme. Once completely dry, these herbs will last for a few years. I mostly use these herbs for cooking, but mint can be use to make your own tea too. Drying your own herbs is an easy way to preserve your herbs at the end of the season, and aid in your cooking all winter (year) long.
The oldest technique to drying herbs is taking a small bunch, tying it with a string, and hanging it upside down for 1-3 weeks until the herbs have lost all moisture. I hung mine under the stairs/on a shelf and they were all dry about 2 weeks later.
How to dry your own herbs:
- Pick herbs.
- Once you are home, wash the herbs and dry them throughly with towels.
- Take twine, and a nickel sized bunch of the herb and tie them together at the top.
- Leave extra string so you can then tie the herb bundle on a shelf or any spot where it can hang freely.
- Allow the herbs to dry for 1-3 weeks until fully dry.
- Remove the herbs from the stems and store whole or crushed in a jar with a lid or a bag.