Herbs have many uses in our kitchens and homes—from fresh marinara sauces to homemade taco nights… almost every recipe is enhanced when fresh herbs are used. To enjoy them for months to come, the best time to harvest them is in mid-August before they flower but you can do this any time during the year. Follow our guide below to learn how!
#1 – Harvest
Collect a small handful of stems from your herb garden (no more than a half-inch in diameter). Make sure each stem is healthy. Remove any stems with diseased leaves or insect damage.
#2 – Wrap
Wrap a rubber band around each bundle, make sure it is secure. The band tends to contract as they dry.
#3 – Hang
Find a spot out of direct sunlight to hang your herbs to dry. Make sure this spot is warm, dark, and has good ventilation and low humidity (to keep mold from growing).
#4 – Spread (Optional)
There are some herbs that dry best when they are spread on a screen such as bay leaves and chives.
#5 – Wait
When your herbs feel crisp and easily crumble, they are ready to go! This process can take a couple of weeks so be patient.
Now you can enjoy the herbs you have grown all throughout the year. For the best results, we recommend using all dried herbs within one year of harvesting. You can write the date on the container to make it easy to remember. Then, make sure to store them in a dry place, away from sunlight, and throw them away if you see any signs of mold.
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