How to Air-Dry Fresh Herbs
By: Julie Day
Air-drying is the easiest and most economical way to preserve fresh herbs for use all year. If you bought a bag of fresh herbs and only used a leaf or two in a recipe, or if you’ve got a large end-of-season herb harvest, here’s what you need to know to air-dry and preserve your herbs for lasting use.
Herbs Suited For Air-Drying
You can air-dry most any herbs, although high-moisture herbs will dry slower and be more susceptible to mold and rot. These herbs usually air-dry pretty easily:
- Lavender (including flowers)
- Summer Savory
Herbs Not Suited For Air-Drying
These herbs are higher in moisture and need to be dried quickly in low humidity, or frozen instead:
- Lemon Balm
How To Prepare and Dry Fresh Herbs
- Step 9: Enjoy Herbs: Now you’re ready to get cooking! In recipes that call for fresh herbs, use about 1/3 the amount of dried herbs. For an easy rule of thumb, use 1 teaspoon dried herbs in place of 1 tablespoon fresh.
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