When I first started gardening, I had an indoor herb garden. I loved growing Basil, Oregano and Thyme. It was awesome having fresh herbs for recipes and they made my house smell so good too...and they look good! The easiest way to dry herbs is by hang drying or drying on paper towels and letting time do the rest! Here is a simple step by step guide for doing that and saving yourself some money by not having to buy herbs at the store!
Drying by Hanging:
What you need:
Instructions on Hanging:
Drying by Using Paper Towels:
What you need:
What to Do With Your Dried Herbs:
This picture above is of dried Basil.
Once your herbs have dried, you can put them away to be used for recipes! Here are two ways of doing just that.
Method 1-Placing Herbs in an Airtight Container:
I like to save empty herb containers that I buy at the store to put my home garden herbs into once the herbs have dried, but you can use a simple zip lock bag too! In this description, I'm using Dried Basil used from the paper towel method. You'd do the same with your hung herbs, just take the herbs off the stem and place in your airtight container.
Step 1: Tear your dried herbs with your fingers into little bits. ( If they are leafy herbs you tear them up, if they are stem type herbs like Rosemary, just run your fingers along the stem the opposite direction of how they grow on the plant, and the herbs should just trickle off the stem and onto the counter.)
Step 2: Place your herbs into your container and store in a dry, dark place!
Method 2 - Placing Herbs in Your Freezer:
Placing your dried herbs in the freezer is super easy. No pics necessary! Just take your dried herbs, (removed from their stems ) and place in a zip lock bag, labeled and popped into your freezer! I like to keep mine on the door in my freezer to make them easier to find :).
This is the cheapest way to preserve your herbs but you can also use a dehydrator to dry your herbs faster as well as a coffee grinder to shred your herbs :) I prefer to do this by hand but to each his own!
I hope you enjoyed these frugal tips, keep on frugal-ling!!