Drying and Storing Herbs

Tis the season for drying herbs! My oregano has gone crazy this year. I've already filled up one and a half pint jars of dried oregano, and made a batch of pesto and it's only June... Good thing I really like oregano pesto. 

Ready-to-harvest thyme

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Since we live in the rather wet climate of the Pacific Northwest, I opt to dry my herbs in a dehydrator rather than letting them hang or sun dry. I'd like to try those methods, but I'd need a good stretch of reliably warm weather first. So for now, I stick with the dehydrator. We have a Nesco dehydrator that you can get from Walmart.

Thyme

When drying my herbs, I like to pull larger leaves (like sage and oregano) off the stems first. You don't have to, but that's my preference. I think it makes it easier to crush them up and store them in the jar without having to fish out stems. 

Oregano


Sage

Storing Dried Herbs

Once everything is finished drying, I dump the dried herbs into a large bowl and then transfer them to a ziplock bag. I crush them up in the bag with my hands, then pour the crushed herbs into a mason jar for storage. 


Ryan bought this label maker a while back and I love that thing! I used it to label all of my homeschool stuff, and now my mason jars. You can get these Mason Jars and Mason Jar Lids from Walmart too.

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