Drying Herbs

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.

herbs at fionadillon.com

This post  focuses on air-drying herbs.  Air-drying works best with herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano.

sage by fionadillon.com

These herbs do not have a high water content so air-drying works really well.

drying herbs at fionadillon.com

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.

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Hang in a warm room.

When they have dried out, store in an airtight jar.

Drying Herbs at fionadillon.com

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.

For my all-time favourite preserving recipes, check out the current edition of Home Farmer and you’ll find the story of how I went from the corporate world to the good life in GIY’s Grow magazine.

“Food from an Irish Garden” is available in bookstores nationwide.


To book Fiona for a talk/demo phone 085 1057314 or email fiona.dillon@hotmail.com


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