How to: Dry fresh herbs


Drying your own herbs is easy and fun to do. We explain it in a few simple steps, using two kinds of methods. 

Herbs that are suitable for drying
Thyme, mint, oregano, bay leaves, marjoram, rosemary, sage, tarragon.

Method 1: Drying on a line

  1. Tie the herbs together in bundles with a rubber band.
  2. Hang the bundles upside down on a line.
  3. Wrap a paper bag around the herb bundles to keep them dust-free.
  4. Leave them to dry in a warm and well-ventilated space, such as an attic, for one or two weeks.


Method 2: Drying in the oven

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 35°C/95°F.
  2. Rinse the herbs an pat them dry.
  3. Lay the herbs on a baking sheet covered in a tin foil or on an oven rack.
  4. Leave the oven door open a crack so that the moisture can escape.
  5. Do not dry for more than twelve hours. If the herbs start to give off a scent, they have actually been drying for too long.

Keep in a cool dark place in airtight cans or jars and do not crush the herbs until you’re ready to use them. Shelf-life is around twelve months.

Text Caroline Buijs Illustration Louise Lockhart