How to Dry Herbs- 1 Method
We’ve moved into a new house and I’ve been busy doing all sorts of home improvement, yard and garden work, etc. One project for enjoyment and cuisine I’ve been dabbling in is herb drying and I’m showcasing one particular method for you to enjoy and try. DO try this at home :)
1. Gather Herbs
I got a nice deal on some enchanting herb bundles at the Farmers Market this weekend, super fragrant, and I’ve stored them for a couple days by keeping them cool and kind of damp. This can be good for a few days but don’t prolong this step much more than that, otherwise some herbs can succumb to mold very easily.
You can buy them fresh or harvest them from your own garden, but no matter what make sure they’re fresh and been cleaned. Cut stems so they’re not too long.
*(don’t mind the epoxy in the photo! never been opened, completely sealed- I usually don’t mix my kitchen area with toxic substances but like I said we just moved and, well, we’re messy at the moment).
2. Measure String
Choose a spot in your home, inside or out, where you can hang the herbs to dry. Measure string that would be adequate for the space. I’ve used natural twine here, but seriously you don’t have to go out and buy twine just for this. Ribbon, a shoelace, etc, whatever you have around the house can be used as long as it can support the weight of the herbs while drying.
*Note on inside vs. outside drying: Everyone has their preference, I’m choosing to keep mine inside because the weather has been unpredictably rainy lately. An outside environment will dry the herbs much faster, but it’s debated that that won’t preserve the flavor, scent, or oils as much as an inside dry. Inside will take its time, about 2 weeks, for the herbs to fully dry but will preserve flavor, scent, and oils better. Both have ups and downs, you choose!
3. Cut and Hang String
I chose a really quiet and dry spot in the house with a blank wall. I hammered 2 little brad nails just barely into the wall so that they stood out and would leave some space in between the string and the wall- so the herbs won’t be hanging all up on the wall.
4. Tie Herbs
Take your string and tie one end around an herb bundle a few times- double knot, make sure it’s secure so your herbs won’t fall out! Once tied off on the bundle, measure a length of string out from it, maybe 1-2 feet depending on your hanging space, and cut from string ball.
Then tie one end of your herb bundle string to your hanging line, like this:
Then repeat :) This allows air to circulate all around the herb bundle- letting moisture seep out evenly.
5. Add As Many Herbs As You Want/Can Fit
Just space them out enough from one another. If you follow this tried and true method they’ll be very visible, so check on them every once and a while. Like I said, in approximately 2 weeks they’ll be dry depending on the environment’s humidity level.
Drying herbs can be pretty relaxed, fun, and very pretty for your home (especially if you dry them on display like this). There are many different methods, some easier than others, and some that can only be used for herbs that will be consumed versus herbs for potpourri, bath products, etc.
Stay tuned in 2 weeks when I show you the drying progress. I might update in between so you can see the process of drying, what’s to be expected, etc.