Methods For Preserving Fresh Herbs



When it comes to preserving our herbs there are a few ways to handle the process.

Some of them have preferred methods when it comes to how they should be harvested and preserved.

Here is some great information on the different ways to preserve and even ways to save them for months later!


container herb garden
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Preserving Garden Fresh Herbs for Later

Air Drying

Tie the stems together and hang upside down in a cool dry area. Let air dry.

Microwave Method

Microwave between layers of paper towels using 30 second intervals. Basil is one herb that particularly lends itself to microwave drying.

Using an Electric Dehydrator

Store dried herbs in air tight jars, containers, or plastic bags.


Freezing is an option for storing. Lay the leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. When frozen, store in plastic bags or freezer containers in the freezer.

Another option – freeze in ice cube trays in olive oil. When frozen, remove from trays and store in bags in the freezer.

When using your stored garden fresh herbs, remember that drying concentrates the flavors. Use 1/4 to 1/3 less.

herb garden in container
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Herb Categories

Did you know that there are some general classifications for herbs? Some are referred to as culinary and others are in a category called medicinal.

Culinary Herbs

Culinary herbs are used as food flavoring and are usually added to food during the later part of the cooking process, for best flavor. Some of the common herbs used in cooking include basil, mint, rosemary, oregano, thyme, cilantro, parsley, chives, dill, sage, tarragon, and marjoram.

Medicinal Herbs

The herbs with medicinal properties include, basil, chamomile, echinacia, feverfew, lavender, lemon balm, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage/salvia, thyme, marjoram. As you can see, there are some herbs that are in both categories.

Growing garden fresh herbs will not only add healthy nutrition and flavor to your cooking, it will add beauty to your garden and feed the bees, too.

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