Drying Home Grown Herbs

Growing your own herbs in and of itself is rewarding but preserving them to extend their usefulness is even more rewarding!

I grow and preserve my main staple herbs like basil, parsley, chives, lavender, lemon balm, oregano, sage and thyme. I also like to grow and preserve things like my own sweet pepper powder, rose and celery leaf powder.

Honestly it has been a long time since I have had to buy any of these herbs and powders.

I have found that my preferred method of preserving most of these herbs is NOT the dehydrator. Other than the sweet pepper powder, everything I have tried dehydrating seems to lose it’s distinctive flavor.

So how do I dry these herbs then? I hang them to dry.  Yes it may take a week or two to dry them but the flavor in my opinion is much better.

Here is my process;

I hope this helps inspire you to grow and preserve your own culinary herbs. As an added note I also grow and preserve my own herbal tea and medicinal herbs like rose, lemon balm, lavender, nettle, and echinacea and more! The possibilities are endless really.

Do you grown and preserve your own herbs? I would love to hear from you -MM

Published by marymargaretripley

I am a professional Bakery Manager at a privately owned grocery store. I also owned my own bakery for over four years. I have been baking for 15+ years professionally. I also teach canning and preserving classes and have been gardening since I was 5 years old. I live in Western, NY with my husband, teenage son, Bernie the Cat and Muffins the Hamster.

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