Even if you do have that first oven with pilot light that we talked about...if you have the time you might want to try the other methods instead. Did you know that plain old kitchen cinnamon is an amazing fungicide? If not repeat the process, turning each time the oven cools down until dry. You can either hang a bunch (approximately an inch in diameter) of whole herbs upside down, as we mentioned before. I turn the oven on 170. and convect. Copyright 2011-2020 Feathers In The Woods. If not, stir flip or turn again and place back in oven for 20 more minutes. The wetter the air, the longer it will take. Always keep an eye on them as herbs are easily burnt. So, now that you're eager to dry your own herbs, it's good to look at what's available and what dries best. You can throw dried herbs in a pot of soup, rub onto fish, sprinkle over a salad, stir into tomato sauce, and so much more. I was just going to look up how to dry herbs. You can save the seeds and plant again or let it continue to grow and harvest each time you need to replenish your stash. The more oil content they have, the longer they will take to dry. Although its common association with green and kitchen witches, a cup of tea is enjoyed just as much as any type of witch for two reasons: 1.) 6) Stick that bad boy in the oven and choose your oven method below. Check and if needed continue to zap in 30-second intervals until done. A bit of moisture can spoil your herbs so you want to make sure it’s dried by running a paper towel inside the container for the last time before you put your herbs. But often the dried works the same way. 1) Pick your herbs early in the morning when their oil content is the highest. When done, turn oven off and leave in warm oven till cool. This ingredient shows versatility and by drying, you are preserving a flavorful season to use in your cooking all year round. Drying your own herbs may not be the easiest way to drink tea, but being part of a process before you consume it feels gratifying. 4) Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of your baking sheet and use it to line the baking sheet. Plus, it makes the tea taste better! I never dry my herbs in the oven but it’s an option if you want a budget options without waiting time. Use a separate lined baking tray for each herb unless you really do want them mixed when they're finished. A common way of drying herbs is by sun-drying. It can also be helpful when you need to dry all the leftover cilantro from taco night. Keep checking the herbs and flipping them every 20 minutes. Waffle irons, blenders, mixers, toasters etc all take up space in my kitchen. Place parsley on a baking sheet, careful not to overlap any of the leaves. Every summer I swear I’m going to dry them for tea, but I never do.Does anyone have any tips for doing this?I was even wondering if I could give away jars of dried mint as gifts, or find fillable tea bags. Good news, you can actually dry any herb you want, just make sure to label them at the end since piles of dried green leaves start to look the same. They should pull right off. If you plan on picking herbs from your backyard garden, the best time to harvest is mid-morning, when the dew has dried and just before the sun starts to burn the necessary oils from your herbs’ leaves. I'll head over and check out your post now!~L. It's best to do this over a clean cloth or bowl so the broken bits can be saved and stored as well. Set the machine on the lowest setting and "bake" for around 30 minutes.