Learn to dry fresh herbs without special equipment. Now’s the time to dry basil, oregano, mint, parsley, catnip and many other fresh herbs. It’s easy and all you need is the sun!
How to Dry Fresh Herbs without Special Equipment
Nothing says ‘savor the taste of summer’ like fresh herbs…or herbs dried at the peak of freshness. I love growing herbs and have basil, sage, lavender, lemon balm, mint, dill and chives growing in the garden. Mint and oregano were taking over the raised beds, so I moved those to the edge of the woods. Now whenever I need herbs to make a meal delicious, I just snip off a few leaves and voila – instant flavor.
- Tie up a bundle of herbs and hang them in a hot, dry location;
- Place herbs in a metal dry and let them dry out on their own.
|Dill drying in the garage.|
|Catnip in the garden…|
|Catnip drying in my garage.|
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.