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Dry Herbs Without a Dehydrator

Herbs are great! They are easy to grow and easy to dry so you can enjoy them all year round.

Grow perennial herbs like Oregano, Thyme, Mint and Lovage - they will die back in the fall and start growing again in the Spring.
Time: 3 Days Cost: $2 Difficulty: Easy
This is Lovage and it grows about 5 feet high! Think of all the leaves you could dry from this plant.
Snip the stems as low as you can but be sure to leave some stems on, so it will continue to grow. You can get several pickings of leaves over the growing season.

If you are going to dry them in the basket, snip all the leaves off and throw out the stems.
You can let them air dry in a basket or shallow bowl. Take a look here to see even more ways you can easily dry any kind of herb without using a dehydrator.

If you dry your herbs in a bowl, be sure to run your fingers through and stir up the leaves a few times a day. An open weave basket works better because there is more air circulation.
I use a different method to preserve Basil, because dried Basil is just...no.

Come on over to Country Living in a Cariboo Valley to see how we enjoy fresh tasting home grown Basil, even in February!

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  • Stephanie Rountree
    Stephanie Rountree
    on Feb 2, 2018

    I love growing herbs, too! I like to hang mine while they dry.

    • I never said that. I use fresh and dried basil. You should ask the creator of the project under "Ask the creator about this project" above.

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on Feb 2, 2018

    Great post! Especially for those living in northern climates. I grow lots of herbs too, so much fun and so easy. 😍

  • Marty
    Marty United States
    on Feb 2, 2018

    I have a dehydrator... but we also live in a dry climate (AZ). I have used the basket drying method but worry about flies crawling all over it. Most of the major craft stores have frequent sales on wooded embroidery hoops, Ibuy the largest I can 10-14 inches and use craft glue (like Aleene's Tacky glue) to attach cheese cloth to the OUTSIDE of each hoop in the pair... insert herbs, put hoops together and let dry... shake around at least several times a day... the hoops can be hung if desired... they can be hand washed if needed after dried herbs are removed.... note: I store mine in canning jars that are vacuum sealed (special accessory)

    • Annie
      Annie Canada
      on Feb 3, 2018

      That's a great idea if there are lots of bugs around

  • Landsharkinnc
    Landsharkinnc College Station, TX
    on Feb 2, 2018

    location has a lot to do with the success of drying herbs w/o a dehydrator -- if you live in an area with high humidity, you may well end up with moldy leaves or just never get 'crispy' dry --- you can microwave on paper towels but it takes constant attention -- down to the second ..

    • Lou.goodale
      on Feb 2, 2018

      My mother did this trick, turn the placed the herbs on metal sheet pan, heated the oven to 200°, when it reached the temperature, turned off the oven. Placed pan inside and left overnight. Much of it was dry, may need to be tossed.

  • Wandamurline
    Wandamurline Lufkin, TX
    on Feb 2, 2018

    I take my herbs and tie them together with string or rubber bands, label what they are and hang them in the garage on a wire coat hanger.

    • Andrea
      Andrea Aberdeen, NC
      6 days ago

      that's what I do too. OR i hang them on pushpins on a wall in the kitchen specially made or left open for drying herbs , some create a clean air , like you 've never smelt or breathed before ( eucalyptus /mint) then when dry they keep their color better ( i think) and taste better too. it make my whole house smell good , and i,m sure they are beneficial to my health too. LOL

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