Why I Dry My Own Herbs and Tutorial

Why I Dry My Own Herbs and Tutorial

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


  • Herbs


  1. Separate all of your herb leaves from the plant.  Then, wash them off and dry them as much as possible with a towel.
  2. Once they’re mostly dry, place them flat on a baking sheet.  You don’t need to oil the baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and let the herbs bake for about twenty minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?

Why I Dry My Own Herbs and Tutorial

24 thoughts on “Why I Dry My Own Herbs and Tutorial

  1. Girl! I wish I would have thought about this a few weeks ago! I brought in a huge clump of basil and it all died! My rosemary is still living, which I love, by we find that my husband doesn’t like it! LOL Of course it’s the plant that lived! That’s how it goes, right? I am pinning this so before I kill another herb I can dry it!!! Thanks for the directions!
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    1. I’m sorry you missed out on the basil! I killed a bunch too before I dried it. Haha, that is how things go. It could never be that herb lives is the one everyone loves. Too easy! Good luck with drying your next herbs! I’m glad I could help! 🙂

    1. Thanks! It’s so nice because you don’t have to worry about using all of the fresh herbs before they spoil. No time limit!

  2. Love this!! I am going to start drying my own herbs. What good points. As to my favorite herb…I cannot pick one. I love so many of them alone and in combination…basil, thyme, marjoram, mint, oregano, sage….you see? Too bountiful and delicious are the choices to narrow down to one…and don’t get me started on spices. LOL!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that! 🙂 The good thing about having so many favorites is that you’ll always have one to dry. Haha! I don’t think that I could pick just one either. Good luck with your drying!

  3. I’m glad i’m not the only one who does! I tend to do a lot more drying in the summer because we don’t get much that grows here otherwise and our house is not conducive to growing (or at least nothing has survived yet :p) Thanks so much for linking up to #Yum Tum I really appreciate it!
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    1. I probably do the most drying in the fall. But, that’s because I always get my herbs and plants so late in the season. Haha! My apartment isn’t that conducive to growing things either. When I noticed that my window herb garden was taking a turn for the worse, I went ahead and salvaged/dried all that I could. I’m going to give a cactus a try…We’ll see how it does. 😉

    1. It’s so fun to start an herb garden. They smell so good! I hope that this tutorial helps you dry your extra herbs this year! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Deborah! It’s such a simple thing to do that can make all the difference in your kitchen. Plus, I love the smell! 🙂

  4. I don’t have a green thumb either but I always dream about having my own garden! Thank you for sharing this over at Healthy Living Link Party!
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    1. I love to daydream about all of the different plants I could grow in my garden. The day I actually have one though, I’ll be lucky to get one tomato probably. Haha! Thanks for featuring! I’ll make sure to get my button! 😀

    1. I didn’t start until a couple of years ago. I’d never thought of baking them either. Haha! I always imagined hanging a bunch of herbs from the ceiling and just letting them dry. This way is just much faster to get your finished product. Plus, it’s more reliable if you live in a humid environment. Hope you give it a try!

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