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How to Dry Herbs

Knowing how to dry herbs is very simple.
First, you need to grow some herbs. I usually grow parsley, basil, oregano, and sage. Of course, fresh herbs are the best. Add some fresh basil to a salad or pizza and you will never forget the flavor. Like all things in the garden, there is a season ~ and then the season ends.
Where herbs are concerned, they bolt. That means they shoot out stalks, flower, and then make seeds. The best time to pick herbs is before they bolt. For me, that is right now.

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  • Sherry L
    Sherry L Deridder, LA
    on May 29, 2013

    I have dried parsley in my microwave. It works well. I dry onions and bell pepper in the oven on the lowest temperature, checking frequently and stirring to dry evenly. A dehydrator only works well on things that can be all the same size.

  • Donna marie P
    Donna marie P Buffalo, NY
    on May 29, 2013

    I cut the herbs and simply place them in paper bags in a row on the pantry wall. I use them fresh as they're drying and the dried parts stay in the bag ... easy, on hand and delish

    • Wendy S
      Wendy S East Freetown, MA
      on Sep 25, 2014

      @Donna marie P do you have a pic of the bags and how you have them on the wall I would love to try this Thanks so much for sharing

  • Lily White
    Lily White Salem, NH
    on May 29, 2013

    Sherry L., it is quite easy to put like sized pieces on different trays and levels. When the smaller pieces are dried, remove that tray and continue with the rest....and so on. I find the microwave dries too rapidly and the flavor dissipates.

  • Sandra Cook
    Sandra Cook Athol, ID
    on May 29, 2013

    The lowest temp my oven will go is 170. Can I still dry herbs? How do you dry them in the microwave Sherry?

  • The Seasoned Homemaker
    The Seasoned Homemaker Austin, TX
    on May 30, 2013

    170-degrees is too hot to dry herbs. I've never tried them in the microwave, but others have had success. Of course, there is always the old fashioned way - tie them together and hang them upside down.

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