Growing your own herbs is an easy way to have plenty to of them all year long to use in your kitchen. Most varieties are very easy to grow and require minimal care.

But what to do with them once they are ready for harvesting. You can only use so much oregano at one time? The answer is to dry them and then store them away for use later.

When to harvest your herbs?

You should harvest your herbs before flowering, in the mid-morning after mid-morning after the dew. You can harvest them post-flowering but they tend to have a slightly bitter taste.

How to harvest your herbs?

Use scissors or clippers to cut herbs 4-6 inches above the ground. Remove any bugs or bruised leaves. Rinse the stems in cool water and pat dry with a paper towel.

How do I dry my herbs?

There are several methods for drying herbs. Depending on how much time you want to put into this, there is a method that will work for you.

Air-drying:

  1. Find a space with little humidity. Avoid places such as a sink, or stove and areas with lots of dust.

     Air-Drying Herbs

  2.  Tie stems of leaves together with a rubber band and hang in a small cluster.
  3. If drying seedy herbs place them in a bad to catch the falling seeds
  4. Herbs with small leaves can be placed on a plastic screen, or paper towel to air-dry.

Dehydrator:

Herbs can be dehydrated at temperatures between 95-110 degrees Farienheight.

Microwave Drying Method

Microwave Drying:

  1. Plants such as parsley, basil, and celery can be dried in a microwave 1,000 degrees or higher.
  2. Arrange washed and dried herbs on a one layer thick microwave-safe paper towels.
  3. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes for every cup.
  4. After a minute, mix herbs every 30 seconds.
  5. Remove and cool.

Seed-Harvesting:

Don’t forget that some plants produce seeds that are used for seasoning. Here are some tips for these?

  1. For plants such as dill, mustard, and fennel, seeds can be left on a plant until they mature.
  2. Cut flower stalk and shake seed out to dry.
  3. Remove husks from seed by rubbing your hands together.

Seed Harvesting Herbs

How do I know when my herbs are dry?

Your herbs are dry when leaves are crispy and crumble between the fingers.

How do I store my dried herbs?

Store your herbs in a cool, dark place. They should last about a year.

Storing Herbs

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