Drying can be an easy way to preserve herbs.
ProcedureMost herbs are best cut before they flower and best harvested early in the morning when essential oil content is highest.
- Cut large handfuls of herbs about 2-4 inches above the soil surface. Be sure not to cut more than 2/3 of the plant if you want it to grow back in the same season.
- Gather herbs into bunches and tie the ends with twine, rubber bands or other available material.
- Hang bunches upside down in a dry place away from direct sunlight, preferably in an area with adequate air circulation.
- Allow herbs to dry for 2 weeks.
After herbs are dried, they can be ground, crushed or left as is to be stored.