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How To Dry Fresh Herbs In Your Oven

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

I really hate wasting things, so it’s always a sad occasion when I have to throw out fresh herbs that have gone bad. I always intend to use them! But sometimes life just gets in the way, and then you’re pulling a produce bag of greenish slime out of the back of your fridge. :-/ But I recently learned about a simple way to save those fresh herbs, and I’m excited to share it with you today!

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

I’ll be showing you how you can make your own dried herbs in 3 easy steps. You don’t need any special equipment to do it, and it really couldn’t be any easier. It’s a great way to reduce waste and get your money’s worth from those tasty fresh herbs. So let’s get started!

How To Dry Fresh Herbs

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

Step 1 – Prep

Start by rinsing your fresh herbs thoroughly. Lay them out on a paper towel and pat them dry. You want the herbs to be as dry as possible when they go into the oven.

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

If you’re drying less hardy herbs, like cilantro or parsley, separate the leaves from the stems and discard the stems. If you’re drying hardier herbs, like rosemary, you can skip this step. The leaves will fall right off the stems as they dry.

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

Arrange your herbs on a lined baking sheet. I put down one of my oven mats as a liner, which worked wonderfully! The herbs didn’t stick at all and it made cleanup a breeze! You can get one for YOUR kitchen here. :-)

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

Step 2 – Dry

Put your tray of herbs into your oven at the lowest possible temperature (150-170 degrees, depending on your oven).

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

Use a wooden spoon to prop the oven door open. This allows any moisture from the herbs to exit the oven, so it doesn’t inhibit the drying process.

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

Keep an eye on your herbs, as some will dry pretty quickly. The cilantro shown here dried in only 30 minutes in the oven! A good rule of thumb is to let the herbs go for 30 minutes, then check on them every 10 minutes until the herbs crumble between your fingers.

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

Step 3 – Store

Once your herbs have dried out, you can break them down into flakes using one of two methods. The first method is just to crumble them up with your fingers. Dry herbs are quite brittle so this is generally pretty easy.

The second option is to use a coffee/spice grinder. Just pulse the grinder a few times so you don’t overdo it and powder them accidentally.

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

Let the herbs cool completely, then pour them into a small airtight container to store. Using an oven mat comes in handy for doing this!

Oven Dry Fresh Herbs

Using Your Dried Herbs

Dried herbs have a more concentrated flavor than fresh herbs, so you’ll want to take that into account when using dried herbs in your recipes.

A good rule of thumb is to use 1/3 of the amount of dried herbs as a substitute for fresh herbs. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, you could use 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary (since 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon).

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I’ll have to show my folks this post.I’ve thought a few times that it might be fun to have an herb garden in our sunroom or balcony area. With everything getting so expensive these days.

  • I wish I would’ve seen this when I was drying my garden Thyme! I did the old fashioned way of tying in small bunches and drying it by suspending it from…Hooks on my Hall tree, HaHa!! But your method was WHAT I was looking for! Now I have a bunch of cilantro I bought that is still fresh but will go bad if I don’t use it. So THIS is my go-to from now on…thanks!!

  • Great idea. I’d probably price compare first on the already dried ones. You can also find nice tiny little jars in the cheapie section at Target.

  • WHILE PEOPLE THINK MICROWAVE OVENS ARE FAST, THE DANGERS OF THEM ARE NOT WORTH THE ME
    TRYING TO BE FAST, I RUSH THREW EVERYTHING AS IT IS… MICROWAVE OVENS DESTROYS THE BENEFITS
    AND NUTRIENTS IN WHAT’S LEFT OF THE FOOD. SOMETHING WRONG WHEN DOCTORS ARE SENDING OUT WARNINGS ABOUT THEM! OVENS WORK JUST FINE… WILL TRY THIS! TY!

    • they will lose a teeny bit of potency after a lonnnnng time but since your herbs will be fresh to start with they should still be way better than the store bought. Who knows how old that stuff is?

    • Hi, Jillie, I was taught years ago that any type of food you wish to dehydrate had to be dried at 115 or below to still retain it’s nutritional components. Have you not heard that? Please explain!

      • You would retain more nutritional content if you dehydrated at a lower temperature, but I’m not too concerned about the nutrition value in my herbs :-)

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