If you practiced what we have been preaching about potting up your own garden herbs, then this lesson is for you. We will offer tips on how to preserve your herb bounty in a few simple steps. If you haven't tried to pot up herbs then you are missing out. It's easy and fun to do and the rewards just keep on giving.
1. Air or Hang Dry. If you have space and time you can tie bunches of your harvested herbs upside down in a dark, warm but well ventilated area. They dry in 2 to 4 weeks or when the potted herbs are crispy and easy to crumble between your fingers. Store at this point and use as needed.
2. Oven;Arrange the herbs that you planted on a cookie sheet and set the oven to 180 degrees. Heat for about 4 hours, keeping the oven door slightly open. Stir occasionally during this process. Your potted herbs will come out beautiful.
3. Microwave. If you need potted herbs dried fast then try this but watch them closely.
4. Freezing whole or chopped. Wash, dry the potted herbs in freezer bags with as much air removed as possible. If chopping the herbs, work fast so they don't brown when exposed to the air.
5. Salt or Sugar. Layer fresh potted herb leaves between salt or sugar covering completely and leave until they are desiccated. Sift them out and store in airtight containers.
One teaspoon of dried potted herbs are equivalent to 1 Tablespoon of fresh. If you prefer fresh then do what we highly recommend. Plant them into small terracotta pots and grow indoors all year long.