A couple of weeks ago I tried something I’d always thought about doing but had never actually done before. I dried some herbs! Yes, I know, my life is full of excitement.
It was the very soul of simplicity–I just picked a bunch of oregano from my vegetable garden, washed it, patted it dry, and put it on cookie sheets in the oven at about 150 degrees. I left it in the oven for about 3 hours and it was perfect.
At that point I just took the herbs out of the oven, let them cool off a bit, and then sort of rubbed/crumbled the leaves right off the stems.
It was so simple, in fact, that I did another batch the next night.
I came across a method that’s supposed to be good for freezing herbs (at least for rosemary, sage, and thyme), which is just to wash and dry them and then put them in a freezer bag. Sounds pretty simple–I think I can probably handle that as well.
I do want to preserve some of my wonderful sage and rosemary, although I probably don’t have freezer space enough for all of it. I also have a huge bunch of lemon thyme I’d like to save. So I’m going to try this method and see what those fresh/frozen herbs are like in the dead of winter.
Do you have any tried-and-true methods of preserving herbs?