Drying herbs

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Drying can be an easy way to preserve herbs.


Most herbs are best cut before they flower and best harvested early in the morning when essential oil content is highest.
Drying sage
  1. 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.
  2. Gather herbs into bunches and tie the ends with twine, rubber bands or other available material.
  3. Hang bunches upside down in a dry place away from direct sunlight, preferably in an area with adequate air circulation.
  4. Allow herbs to dry for 2 weeks.

After herbs are dried, they can be ground, crushed or left as is to be stored.


HGTV Herb drying guide