- Cut only healthy branches from your plants.
- Take any dry or diseased leaves off of your herbs.
- Make sure there are no insects on them.
- If needed, rinse with cool water and pat dry with paper towels. If the herbs are wet, they will mold or rot.
- Take the leaves off the bottom inch or two of the plant.
- Bundle a few branches together and tie into a bunch with a string or rubber band. The higher the water content of the herbs, the smaller your bundles
- Hang upside down in a room with some ventilation, such as a closet.
- Wait 2 weeks, then place dried herbs in a jar with a lid and keep in a
cool, dry cabinet away from sunlight.
Storing Dried Herbs
- Throw away any moldy herbs
- Zip lock bags or air tight containers should be used to store herbs.
- Label and date
- Leave the leaves whole and crush them before using for more flavor.
- Herbs are best if used within a year.
- When substituting dried herbs for fresh, use about 1 teaspoon dried herb
in place of 1 tablespoon of fresh