How to Dry Herbs

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For my birthday this summer, I received this awesome herb garden from my friend’s mom who is an amazing gardener. Her mom grew a bunch of hydroponic plants this year and I just think that is the coolest thing ever. She planted all of these beautiful herbs in a hanging planter and well, I hate to admit, but I haven’t really used them much. As you can see below, they are very overgrown. I have to figure out what to do, I don’t want them to go to waste. So I looked online and read a bunch of articles and it seems like drying some of the herbs is my best bet. There are a lot of opinions of how to dry herbs, so I am going to take what sounds like the best parts and mash them together in this DIY project.

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How to Dry Your Own Herbs

Step 1: Trim your herb plants, preferably before they bloom if applicable. Trim larger herbs like sage from their stalk. More delicate herbs like dill can remain on their stalk.

Step 2: Rinse dirt and bugs off the herbs.

Step 3: Gather herbs into small bundles, keeping the same herbs together.

Step 4: Tie the bundles together with some twine.

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Step 5: Tie each bundle to a long piece of twine.

Step 6: Hang your herb “garland” somewhere dark, dry with the least amount of humidity and out of direct sunlight.

Step 7: Allow your herbs to dry for 7-10 days. You herbs will be ready when they appear, feel and sound crunchy.

Step 8: Store the herbs in air tight containers.

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Tips for Drying Your Own Herbs

  • Don’t make your herb bundles too big, they could mold if air cannot circulate properly.
  • Check on the drying herbs frequently to make sure mold is not growing.
  • You can cover each bundle of herbs with a brown paper bag so that the seeds will not fall on the surface below. Cut several holes in the bags to allow air to circulate.
  • You can speed up the dry time but using a dehydrator or oven set at a very low temp.
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Leave a comment below with your tips and tricks to drying your own herbs at home. I would love to learn more about this process.

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