1. After cutting herbs wash them and pat them drying.
2. Wrap kitchen twine around the top and make a loop.
3. Hang herbs upside down for 4-10 days in a dry, cool place
4. Once the herbs are crisp pick leaves off the stems and place in an air tight container.
Label and date them and place in a dry, cool place. Herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage are good for this particular process. They will last up to 6 months, so just in time for the next season.
Other ideas I have come up with is seasoned salts. Dried herbs and salts would be a great and unique gift for someone. Just take sea salt and dried herbs and mix together, place in an air tight container. I would label and date it as well and probably give it the same shelf life.
The containers I bought at World Market/Cost Plus for .99! They are glass and have colored ceramic tops. Super cute and fun for gifts. Here are my pictures below, I hope you guys try this out!
|My containers, herbs and twine.|
|Hanging to dry! See you in a few days.|
|Dried and ready to go. See how much color has faded?|