Use every little piece of herbs
It is hardly a secret that we are all about fresh herbs. However, dried herbs also have their benefits. So why not keep both at home?
Below is a short guide on how to easily dry your fresh herbs in case you have leftovers. In this way, you can avoid waste and save them for later use – and once they are dried, they are good for quite a while.
When drying your herbs, the etheric oils will evaporate, including part of their scent. However, they will still have quite a wonderful, strong herbal scent.
You can either dry your herbs at room temperature by spreading them out on a dry dishtowel indoor or by drying them in the oven. However, drying them in the oven is significantly faster.
How you do it
- Start by cleaning the herbs in water and drying them thoroughly.
- Cut stems off the herbs and lay them on an oven grid, baking tray or in an ovenproof dish.
- Dry them at 35-40 degrees (Celsius) for at least 8 hours.
- Once the herbs are dry, you can pick the leaves off the stems with your fingers.
- Throw out the stems.
- Store the dried herbs in an airtight container to avoid them absorbing moisture from the air.
- You can add a small note on the container to indicate which herbs are inside in case you dry several different herbs.
Keep in mind that some herbs are better suited for drying than others, such as basil, thyme, rosemary, sage and tarragon. And while drying the herbs, you can enjoy the lovely, concentrated herbal scent filling your home.
Preserve your fresh herbs by freezing them
You can also freeze your fresh herbs instead of drying them. In this way, the herbs can stay fresh and be saved for a different occasion.
Read more on that in our blog post ”How to freeze and preserve your fresh herbs”.