Learn how to dry your own herbs with just a few easy steps

This year my husband and I decided to try our hand at urban farming. The thought of being a sustainable household was very appealing to us. To paint you a picture, we transformed our little suburban backyard into a lush garden with all of our favorite veggies. I won’t sit here and boast about having a green thumb though—my husband has done most of the labor and I reap the sweet, sweet benefits. Tomatoes, corn, broccoli, kale, peppers…you name it and we’ve probably tried growing it. One of my absolute favorite sections has to be the herb garden.

Dinner has been way more flavorful ever since we decided to plant an array of herbs to cook with. It’s so much easier to step a few feet outside and pick homemade ingredients as opposed to taking a trip to the grocery store. If I haven’t convinced you to try your hand at gardening, then I have one more trick up my sleeve. I recently learned how to dry my own herbs and cooking will never be the same. Since I had so much fun doing it myself, I thought I’d share the process with all of our LaurenConrad.com readers. Keep scrolling to see how you can dry and preserve your own herbs at home…

How to Dry Your Own Herbs

dried herbs: how to do it yourself at home

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • herbs of your choice (I used rosemary, oregano, thyme and parsley)
  • twine
  • paper lunch bags

Instructions:

1. Begin by rinsing your herbs thoroughly, especially if they’re from your garden. No bugs or dirt allowed! Take a small bunch of your freshly picked herbs and tie them together with twine.

Learn how to dry your own herbs at home

2. Next you’ll want to hang each bunch of herbs upside down from a longer piece of twine. Be sure to hang them in a warm and dry indoor area so that your herbs are able to dry thoroughly. Space them out so that you have room to cover each bunch with a paper lunch bag in the next step.

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Make your own sustainable home, starting with simple dried herbs

3. Cover each bunch with a paper lunch bag. This step ensures that your herbs will stay completely dry throughout the preserving process.

how to dry your own herbs in the comfort of your home

4. Once your herbs are completely dry, remove them from the paper lunch bags. Make sure that the herbs are nice and crispy and remove the leaves from their stems. Chop the herbs into fine pieces and seal them in an airtight container (small jars or plastic bags do the trick!). Below is a photo of what your final product should look like…

How to dry your own herbs at home

I’m not going to lie, it was pretty fulfilling to see something that I grew from a seed turn into a useful kitchen necessity. Yes, you can also repeat this process with store bought herbs if a garden is unavailable…

Now that I know how to dry my own herbs I’m already planning gift baskets for birthdays and holidays! If you have a friend that loves to cook, a foursome of dried herbs would make the perfect gift. Plus they’ll be super impressed that you did it yourself!

Do any of you have your own garden?

I’d love to hear about them in the comments if you do!

xo
Jessi
Team LC

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  • When my mother use to do this when I was growing up I always thought she was crazy and never saw the point in it. Your post has actually helped clarify what she has been doing all of these years. It also has proved that maybe she isn’t so crazy after all! I’ll have to give this a try (and I have to try avoid feeling like I’m turning into my mother :D)

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    • LaurenConradOnline

      Mothers always seem to know what they’re doing, don’t they? We just figure it out a little later! 😉 Can’t wait for you to give it a try. xo

  • Taste of France

    I do this every year and give pots of herbs to friends and relatives as gifts. They love it. Plus, we know they are 100% organic.

    • LaurenConradOnline

      Such a good idea! What a perfect gift, especially because it’s straight from your home. 🙂

  • I like this. My mom used to dry her own herbs all the time. Brings back memories 🙂

    I do have herbs in my garden but sadly, I’ve let a lot of them go. I feel like I need to pay better attention to them.

    xo Azu

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  • What! I am mind blown. I had no idea this was so easy! Thanks for the idea. I will be following up with this after Farmers Market tomorrow!

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  • Wow this looks so cool! 🙂 Hahaha thank you so much for sharing this easy way to dry our own herbs <3 I have to show my mom and my grandma this!

    XO, Elizabeth
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  • Great advice =o) Can’t wait to have my own garden so I can grow herbs =o)

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