I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before on here. But, I like to dry my own herbs. Remember my post about a Window Herb Garden? Well, not all of the plants made it. In fact, my not so green thumb won out and the only thing alive on my window sill are the green onions that I grew from scraps a few months ago. When the plants started to take a turn for the worse, I knew I didn’t have much time. So, I harvested all of the leaves and dried them to have all year long. Today, I’m going to share with you my process and why I think drying herbs is such a valuable practice.
Dry Your Own Herbs
- Separate all of your herb leaves from the plant. Then, wash them off and dry them as much as possible with a towel.
- Once they’re mostly dry, place them flat on a baking sheet. You don’t need to oil the baking sheet.
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and let the herbs bake for about twenty minutes.
- The bake time depends on the size of the leaf. The thyme leaves that I had were relatively small and finished in about 20 minutes. However, the basil I had was rather large. So, you may need to let the leaves dry in the oven for even close to two hours (like I did for the basil). It depends on how dry you got the leaves and how large they are.
- Check the leaves every 20 minutes to see if they’re done. Once they are crisp to the touch and will crumble when pressed on, they’re ready.
- Let them cool to room temperature. Then, store them in an airtight container for later use.
Voila! It’s that easy. I like to let them dry in the oven while I do other things. Also, it can make the apartment smell AMAZING! So, now let me tell you some more benefits of drying your own herbs.
- You know where the herbs came from (unless they were bought at a store).
- Delicious smelling home while they dry in the oven.
- Depending on where you got the herbs, your garden or a market, it can be significantly cheaper than buying them dried at the store.
- It’s a way to use up herbs before they go bad. (How many times have you had fresh herbs get moldy? I’ve had that happen way too many times.)
- They’re yummy!
Well, I hope that I’ve convinced you it’s worth it to dry your own herbs. If you’d like to read more about producing your own food, read my post about the benefits of baking bread.
What’s your favorite herb?