Question by  Cass722 (29)

How do you dry herbs for use in cooking?

I have my own herb garden and would like to dry some out to use later.


Answer by  jf12 (179)

A dehydrater can be used. However, I prefer to cut my herbs and lay them flat in a metal pan in the hot sun. Bring them inside every evening to prevent any dampness from accumulating on them. Once dried, the herbs can be stripped from their stems and stored.


Answer by  ace95 (256)

Whichever herb you choose, whether it be rosemary, parsley or sage must be very dry. My suggestion is to leave it whole so that more flavor will be kept. Place the herbs into an airtight container and leave to dry for a couple of weeks.


Answer by  starrgazerlily (119)

Cut them as long as you can. Then tie them in bunches and hang them upside down in a warm dry place. Also if you have a food dehydrator, you can dry them out by dehydrating them.


Answer by  trigonometry (668)

It is best to harvest the herbs fresh from the plants. Depending on the kind of herb, harvest them together with a small branch. To dry them hang them with the branch inside on a sunny window in a dry room. If you cannot cut the branches put them in a ceramic bowl on the window sill.


Answer by  AEF (519)

Herbs need to be as clean as possible before you begin. Rinse them in running water, dip them in boiling water for five to ten seconds, then rinse them again to cool. Dry the herbs thoroughly and then use a food dehydrator. An alternative is to lay the herbs between two air filters and strap that to a box fan.


Answer by  emn2293 (101)

Once you pick yo rherbs in a bunch, tie them togther with string and hang them in a cool, dry, and dark place.

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