How To Properly Dry Fresh Herbs

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Although my recent posts make it pretty clear that I’ve embraced the fall with open arms, there are some things about summertime that are just so dang hard to say goodbye to. One of these things, which is on the tippy top of my list, is no longer having an herb garden. There’s nothing like having fresh herbs at my fingertips to enhance my cooking. However, this year, once the cooler weather rolled around, I decided that I would dry my herbs, rather than let them wither away. It was super easy to do, but patience, grasshopper – depending on the herb, drying can take anywhere from two to four weeks. Aside from the weather becoming significantly cooler, you’ll know your herbs are ready for drying when their growth is stagnant and/or when they begin to flower.

Believe it or not, there many adorable spice jars to choose from. The jars that I used can be found here, but other great options can be found here, here, and here. As you can see in my photos, I chose to display mine on my kitchen window sill, as I love the look of natural light shining through recycled glass. Additionally, there are countless ways in which you can label your jars, but I opted to stamp washi tape (my newest obsession!) with this alphabet stamp set. My reasoning? Aside from loving this particular washi tapes’s subtle, chevron pattern, the tape will be easy to remove in the future, allowing me to potentially reuse these jars for different herbs.

What you’ll need:

  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • Kitchen twine
  • A hanger
  • Spice jars

What you’ll do:

  • One herb at a time, cut the stems at the root until there are no remaining stems; thoroughly rinse the stems and pat dry; bunch the stems together and secure with a rubber band
  • Using a 15 to 20 inch piece of kitchen twine, tie one end to the hanger, and tie the other end to the rubber band that is securing the stems (the bunch should be hanging upside-down); repeat this step for any other herbs that you would like to dry
  • Place the hanger in a cool, dark place, and allow the herbs to dry completely; as mentioned previously, this should take 2 to 4 weeks depending on the herb
  • Once your herbs have dried, one herb at a time, remove the leaves from the stems by placing your thumb and pointer finger at one end of the stem and, moving in the opposite direction that the leaves grow, slide your fingers down the stem (the leaves should fall right off)
  • Use a mortar and pestle to break the leaves of each herb into smaller pieces; alternatively, rip or chop the leaves into smaller pieces; transfer each herb to its own spice jar, and viola!

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5 thoughts on “How To Properly Dry Fresh Herbs

  1. Julie says:

    First, love the idea! Second, Love everything about the jars…the labels and the photos. Where did you get the mortar and pestle? I need to get one. If we lived closer we could do these things together. The only plants I have left are parsley and mint, so maybe I will give it try this weekend. Great post!

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