Basil, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley and Chives
Drying herbs is one of the easiest – and tastiest – ways to save food. The nice thing about it is that there is a variety of different ways you can dry them. You can use a dehydrator, use a drying rack, hang bunches of herbs from hooks, leave on a plate, or I even tend to use my cooling racks for baking. Remember no matter which way you dry them; you need to keep an eye on them. Some dry faster than others. And when they are all dry pop them into an airtight container to keep them fresh.
For Basil, I use a dehydrator, mainly because our Basil is usually very plentiful, and I dry a lot of it. I make sure that they are in a single layer with room between each leaf for air circulation. It will take 6-12 hours to dry the leaves in a dehydrator. If the room is warm, it may take less time.
I use a dehydrator to dry Sage because the leaves are a bit thicker.
To dry Sage I place the cut leaves on the dehydrator – making sure that they are in a single layer with room between each leaf for air circulation. It will take 10-14 hours to dry Sage leaves in a dehydrator. If the room is warm, it may take less time.
I use a dehydrator to dry Oregano and Thyme.
My Oregano and Thyme grow together so it is sometimes hard to pick just one or the other. Either way they are used in the same recipes, so I just harvest both at the same time, essentially, I am making an herb mix.
To dry them I place the cut sprigs on the dehydrator – making sure that they are in a single layer with room between each leaf for air circulation. It will take 6-12 hours for them to dry in a dehydrator. If the room is warm, it may take less time.
Once the sprigs are dry you can strip the leaves off the stem if you want. I tend to just leave them as they are.
Out of all the herbs we grow I use Parsley the most. It also makes it the herb I dry the most of. I dry Parsley 2 ways – in a dehydrator or on a cooling rack. The dehydrator will take 6-8 hours, a cooling rack placed somewhere warm will take up to 5 days.
Saving Chives: Freezing and drying
I save Chives 2 ways – I freeze them and dry them.
Freezing Chives is very easy, to freeze them I cut the leaves into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces and place them in a freezer bag.
Dring Chives is just as easy, I dry them in a dehydrator and within 2-6 hours they are done.
I hope you find these helpful! Check back next Friday – I will be posting about how to dry tea herbs – Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Echinacea!