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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Herbs ~ Use Fresh or Dry

Growing herbs is just half the fun.
Cooking with them and tasting the efforts of 
your work is the icing on the cake!
Here are some simple ways to use fresh and/or 
preserve your homegrown herbs.

Long Stemmed Leafy Herbs

1. Harvest early in the morning just after the dew has dried off the leaves
2. Remove any soil/dirt/dust by rinsing them under cool water.
3. Shake off excess water.
4. Gently pick off any dead or discolored leaves with your fingers.
5. If leaves are large like Bay Leaves, pick off each leaf and set aside on a layer of paper towels in a dark place until dry.

6. For smaller leaves, gather stems into small bunches and tie off with rubber bands. The rubber bands will shrink as the stems dry holding them together.

6. Hang bunches in a dark, cool, dust free, well ventilated area.
7. Take down bunches in 2-3 weeks, when they are dry.
8. Strip leaves from stems.
9. Store leaves in glass jars, bottles, etc.

10. Larger dried leaves can be easily crumbled between palms for a finer consistency.

Edible Flower Petals

 1Strip fresh petals from stems and place in a single layer on clean paper towels.
2. Leave until dry in an area with good ventilation and no direct sunlight..

Roses, Violets, Lavender, Borage, Chives, Cornflower, Marigold, Nasturtium, Lilac. Clover and Pansy are just a few of edible flowers.

These can be used fresh or stored dry for later use in jars, bottles, etc. in a cool dry, dark place.

Pick herbs/flowers early in the day for the strongest flavor.
Be sure herbs/flowers have not been sprayed with anything.

Timing for drying will depend on temperature and humidity.

Should you not be lucky enough to have an herb garden,
I do have several varieties in my Etsy Shop.


  1. Replies
    1. You're welcome! Thanks for visiting ♥

  2. Enjoyed the review on drying herbs. I have a few different ones in my yard and enjoy drying them. Just found a write-up on plaintain--a weed that grows in my driveway and can't wait to try it! Another "weed" that God planted in my yard turned out to be chevril which I will use more this year! And the comfrey is taking over; I use it as ground cover!

    1. Glad it was beneficial for you. Yes, there are so many "weeds" that are edible! Young Dandelion leaves are great in salads! I have plantain also ;) My Dad used Comfrey for ground cover under some of his fruit trees :)

      Enjoy them all! ♥

  3. Hi Deb, Will pin this most helpful post. At Dare to Share with you. Hope you'll pin my post as well. It's #37, Mother's Day Vegan Brunch Ideas. Have a beautiful May! Warm regards, Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

    1. Good Morning Nancy, Thank you so much for pinning my post. I've pinned yours in return. What yummy recipes You've chosen ♥ Will def need to try some :)
      Happy May Day!


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