Besides quilting, gardening is one of my favorite activities! I love spending time outside, watching the plants grow, and using the plants in our kitchen. We devote our entire garden to vegetables and herbs, and enjoy cooking with fresh food and drying herbs to use in canning and for tea. I’m not an expert, but have really found fun in drying herbs this year, and thought others may be interested in my process!
I have a garland hanging in my kitchen, which I find is perfect for drying herbs. I keep my herbs out of direct sunlight to preserve the color. I rotate the herbs daily to make sure they’re getting even air exposure. No matter where you hang your herbs, you want to make sure it’s in a cool, dry place to avoid molding.
When the herbs are dry, break the leaves from the stems. Drying can take a few days or a few weeks depending on the plant. I’ve found that leaves like oregano, mint, and lemon balm dry faster than plants with stick leaves like rosemary and lavender.
Depending on your usage, you can leave the leaves whole or break them into smaller pieces. I like to leave leaves I’m using in cooking like oregano whole, while the ones I’m using for tea get broken down a little smaller.
- Lemon balm
Do you dry herbs? What are your favorites? Share in the comments below!
Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”