How to dry aromatic herbs
It is great to have dried herbs hanging close at hand that you can quickly trim and use in your cooking during those cold and chilly months, and a huge bonus is walking into a room to smell the lovely aromatics they give off as they dry. There is nothing like smelling Rosemary or Lavender when you walk into a room. You can also make small bundles to tie onto presents during the holiday season, or imagine keeping a basket of bundled Rosemary by the fireplace that you could toss into the fire and enjoy its lovely aroma as it fill your room.
You will need:
Tray or something to carry your cut herbs
I prefer to tie my herbs as I cut. That way all the removed leaves and cuttings are left in the garden, but this is strictly a personal decision. Plus, I like to give any bugs a chance to evacuate before I head into the house.Try to cut in the morning and most importantly when herbs are dry (no dew or rainwater).
Store your dried herbs in air tight containers. You can find some really cute spice jars to use and fill to give as gifts to family and friends over the holidays. Be sure to label and date your containers. Your herbs will retain more flavor if you store the leaves whole and crush them when you are ready to use them.