This is the time of year when I dry herbs. In part, because I tend to come across special, unusual varieties in the spring and late summer – cumin thyme, pineapple sage, fresh coriander. Some will appear for a week or two, and then will not reappear for another year. Other times, it's the herbs that take me – I like to use them all year round and the only way to guarantee a supply is to dry them. It couldn't be simpler, so I thought I'd share my method for those of you who may have lost it the last time I wrote about it.
Group herbs into small bundles
I tend to group the herbs that I will dry into small bundles. The leaves are stripped from the bottom a few inches of each stem and a little thread secures each bundle. A washi brooch or ribbon is usually enough to secure the herbs anywhere high and dry – walls, bookshelves, fireplace mantles, closet buttons and the like are all fair play here.
A professional tip
Leave a few extra inches of string when tying the herbs to dry. The stems will become dehydrated and lose some volume. The extra string will allow you to reconnect the herbs faster if needed without starting again. Kelly left a comment below that caught my attention, "I use rubber bands (recycled from foods like asparagus or carrots that come together) instead of yarn. This was the rubber band shrinking as the herbs dry out and I don't have to adjust it. twine or fresh herbs from the floor! ”I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a winner.
To dry the onion flowers, you will want to cut them from their stems and place them on a flat surface for about a week. Fly every two days so that all sides are exposed to the air.
How to store dried herbs
Make sure your herbs are completely dry before transporting them to a sealed container. Any moisture can lead to mold. Store in a cool dark place. Also, after a few days of drying, your herbal bundles will shrink a bit from dehydration. According to the above tip, you may need to tighten the thread a bit.
Let me know if you have favorite herbs, I have to try to look for them. I love offbeat, slightly unexpected rage, wise and lavender. I'm sure there are others I need to know too!