Using herbs from your own garden is not only delicious, but you can extend their life, by drying them and using them when they are out of season.
In “Part 1″, we talked about how what herbs are good for drying, how to harvest them and dry them.
Now it’s time to see if they have finished drying…
Good news – the herbs have finished drying! My garage has been smelling like an Italian kitchen You can tell if the herbs are dry when their leaves are thin and papery and crumble easily.
Now it is time to put them in jars.
I air-dried thyme, sage and oregano.
Some people like to save the whole leaf and store them in air-tight containers and then crush them right when they need them.
However, I like crushed the leaves and put them in jars. They make great gifts!
Here is how to do it:
1. Gently ‘press’ the leaves. They will crumble easily with a minimum of stems.
2. Remove any stems that may have fallen.
3. Then gently crush the leaves until they are the desired size you want.
4. Place into air-tight containers. I bought these glass containers at Ikea for a $1 each.
5. Store your dried herbs in a cool, dark place and enjoy using them for cooking! Or, attach a cute label and give as a gift!