I love using fresh herbs, but buying them can be expensive and wasteful at times. Drying them out provides a longer shelf life and lots of savory flavor. Over the past 3 years once the frost has gone, I planted some of my own herbs in my garden. Oregano, sage, parsley, mint, chives to name a few are the ones I most use. This and every year I have dried them so I can have them for months on hand to use in my recipes. Here’s how to dry sage and oregano straight from your garden!
First I went outside and clipped my sage and oregano with kitchen sheers. I then took them inside and rinsed them with cool water. Many people don’t rinse their herbs, and just shake them off. I feel since there are animals outside, like those cute little squirrels I’ve seen in my garden, I do the not want to take a chance in contaminated herbs! After you rinse them well, place them flat on a paper towel to dry up the water a bit. I have bundled the sage and oregano up separately with a rubber band to hold them together. You can use twine, string, or aluminum foil to wrap around too. Just keep the end tight because next your going to hang the herbs up to dry. From the rubber band I attached a paper clip to make a hook for hanging. You can see in the picture above how I did it. I then hung up my sage and oregano to dry by my kitchen window. I hung mine for a week, and they seemed ready. Some people hang theirs in a brown paper bag, this is optional.
You may also use a food dehydrator
You can hang yours anywhere, just make sure they are tied well, and hung upside down like this pic.
When they are completely dried out, they will seem crispy and crackly! They are ready for you to crumble and place in jars for future use.
Here’s how I did it…
I’ve already started to crumble my herbs above. You can do this on a cutting board, or paper towels between your hands. They herbs give off such an amazing scent! You’ll want to start using them right away.
Since becoming a new mom, I had managed to save up those little glass baby food jars. I know one day they would come in handy for something. This is a great way to store your dried herbs. On the right I have a plastic baby food storage cup that can be frozen. On the left I have a glass jar, both I have labeled and ready to go in my kitchen pantry! You can buy some glass jars if you don’t have any on hand. Don’t let your herbs go to waste, dry them, store them, and use them well! Enjoy!