If you live in a humid area, I would skip this step and put the lids on right away. If you can use a lower setting, do that! Although its common association with green and kitchen witches, a cup of tea is enjoyed just as much as any type of witch for two reasons: 1.) If you’re lucky to have an herb garden nearby or have a local shop that sells an abundant array of herbs, then you ought to try drying your own herbs for some tea. Every summer I swear I’m going to dry them for tea, but I never do.Does anyone have any tips for doing this?I was even wondering if I could give away jars of dried mint as gifts, or find fillable tea bags. Oven Drying . lolThey do smell good! Because dried foods tend to intensify the flavor, you need three times the amount of fresh herbs to give the recipe the same nuances. Once the greens aren't wet anymore, microwave between two paper towels for one minute. Spread out flowers, sprigs or cut chives leaving room for air circulation. I too do a lot of things the hard way. lol~L, I have only hung some of my herbs for drying. You may take the option to leave the door open to allow air to circulate around the oven. To dry herbs in the oven, set the temperature to your oven’s lowest temperature option. I'll head over and check out your post now!~L. We know we would! Disclaimer: The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. Some, like basil, sage, cilantro, and rosemary prove simple to start since they have larger, solid leaves and don't require much maintenance before the process. This gives the best flavor. Even if the ones you get at the grocery are flavorful newly dried, it can help save money to dry them at home, especially if you're growing them in a garden. And what are other uses for dried mint?Sent by LeahEditor: Readers, how do you dry herbs? This will take longer than a convection oven. Doesn't the house smell good while the herbs are drying ?BTW, I LOVE your blog name ! No problem! For example, a jar of organic thyme will cost you around $7, whereas a living plant runs closer to $3. The more oil content they have, the longer they will take to dry. You can either hang a bunch (approximately an inch in diameter) of whole herbs upside down, as we mentioned before. Picking dill out of your sage is no fun! 5) Arrange your herbs on the baking sheet. They should pull right off. Whether you got your herbs from your backyard garden or from the local grocery store, drying your own herbs give you more time to connect and build a relationship with it before you consume it. Want gardening and healthy living information sent right to your email weekly? If I had somewhere inside the house, I would definitely hang more! Good news, you can actually dry any herb you want, just make sure to label them at the end since piles of dried green leaves start to look the same. You saved me the effort! Drying several types of herbs in the same oven at the same time makes sense, but more pungent herbs might lend their flavors to more delicate herbs. For years, tea has been consumed as a healing drink across many eastern beliefs, pagan religions, and witchcraft. Even if you do have that first oven with pilot light that we talked about...if you have the time you might want to try the other methods instead. When you dry your own herbs, you can guarantee that they're fresh, whereas some store-bought ones may have been sitting around for a long time before you add them to your grocery basket. The oldest way to dry herbs is to take a bunch, hang it upside down in a dark and dry basement, attic, or closet, and let nature do the work. Saving this for when I get my garden going again. This site is meant for informational uses only, and this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Copyright 2011-2020 Feathers In The Woods. For instance I won't dry my chamomile with the oregano or chives ever again! I do have a countertop dehydrator, but with your method, I could dry all the herbs at the same time, filling the oven AND dehydrator. Even though the oven was off they were always perfectly dry by morning. Look for my post at the Link up too. It can also be helpful when you need to dry all the leftover cilantro from taco night. Set the machine on the lowest setting and "bake" for around 30 minutes. Here are four other great ways to preserve those fresh herbs. Each herb has its own nuances such as water content, essential oil levels, and proclivity to mold, so it's good to do a little research before you have at it. If the herbs were still a bit wet when placed in the oven they will need a longer time to dry. 4) Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of your baking sheet and use it to line the baking sheet. Leave herbs for about 20 minutes then turn, flip, toss.....whichever, just get them flipped over so the part of the herb that was on the baking sheet is now facing up. Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions | Disclaimers. I hope you’ll join us again next week!Cheers,Kathy Shea MorminoThe Chicken Chickhttp://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com. 2) Rinse the dirt off your herbs and pat lightly with a lint free towel to dry. Maybe I can justify it by giving up the back-up coffee pot? The garden is wrapping up and one of the last harvests of the year is pumpkins! This gives the best flavor. Place on a towel overnight and allow to dry completely before moving on to drying in the oven. Always consult your primary care physician before you make any changes to your diet and lifestyle. Thanks for sharing with SYC.hugs,Jann, I hang some, but my only place to hang them is in one of the sheds and I'm always afraid they'll get buggy. Plus, wouldn't you rather add a pinch of dried basil to the spaghetti sauce than skip it? The wetter the air, the longer it will take. If so, you're ready to store. When I had one of these it was always warm and dry in there. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! It's best to get a muslin or cheesecloth to lay the plucked leaves on, that way they won't stick to a baking pan. Then turn it off and let it slowly cool down to room temperature. Great post +Lisa Murano. To dry herbs in the oven, set the temperature to your oven’s lowest temperature option. You can save the seeds and plant again or let it continue to grow and harvest each time you need to replenish your stash. For some items such as basil or mint, it's easiest to crush the leaves. Don't have a gadget to dry herbs? The repetition is kinda soothing!~L, Very interesting tutorial on drying herbs. Your regular oven can also do the job. Check and if needed continue to zap in 30-second intervals until done. Lovely pictures you illustrate this post with too! When done, turn oven off and leave in warm oven till cool. I have always had a good amount of gelatin in my diet. Because of its direct connection with the life source energy. 1) Pick your herbs early in the morning when their oil content is the highest. Use a separate lined baking tray for each herb unless you really do want them mixed when they're finished. Seal it with an air-tight lid. Silicone mats also work very well. It's actually not all that hard to dry herbs in the oven. Place parsley on a baking sheet, careful not to overlap any of the leaves. I have dried our garden herbs for many years now and they are the very best herbs for our cooking and medicinal uses. It's best to do this over a clean cloth or bowl so the broken bits can be saved and stored as well. This method has a rich history in culinary and medicinal lore and was the way most apothecaries and cooks dried herbs back in the day. Store your dried herbs in a well-dried container. Q: I have a ton of lemon balm and mint growing in my garden. Oooh, I loooove my dehydrator, but I like having options too. First, separate the leaves from stems and wash the parts you want to save. Like oven drying instead of the 'easier' newer way which involves buying a dehydrator *sigh*.