In my last post I mentioned that I was already drying herbs for the old Christmas stuffing. I was delighted that my readers got in touch, not to tell me it was waaaaaay too early to talk about Christmas, but to ask me to share details sooner rather than later.
This post focuses on air-drying herbs. Air-drying works best with herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano.
These herbs do not have a high water content so air-drying works really well.
How to Air-Dry
In late summer, cut healthy branches off your plant.
Wash if necessary and be sure to dry fully – wet herbs will go mouldy and rot.
Tie about 6 branches together and cover with a paper bag in which you have punched some holes.
Hang in a warm room.
When they have dried out, store in an airtight jar.
How simple is this?!
For this and more information on how to preserve herbs, check out my guide in the current edition of Irish Country magazine.
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