If you grow your own herbs or buy big bunches, it’s a good idea to dry and store some for later use. The good news is, it’s easy to dry herbs quickly that will last you up to 12 months!

All you need to do for perfectly dried herbs is follow these quick and easy instructions!

1. Place herbs on paper towel



2. Cover with another piece of paper towel.



3. Cook for 20 second intervals for a total of one minute, checking them frequently. If the herbs are still not crisp, continue to cook in 10 second intervals until crisp but still have colour.



4. Store herbs in jars for use in cooking, they will last 12 months on sealed jars.



View the YouTube video below to see full instructions

I love this and am definitely going to try this as we have thrown out lots of herbs in the past and this is a great way not to waste any.

Try it out and let me know how you go! Please add your comments below.

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  • what a great post – thanks for the EASY way of preserving


  • We hung garlic to dry after the tops all dried off at Christmas time. We will separate a few and plant some in June ready to harvest this coming Christmas possibly earlier the tops dry right off early


  • I really like your pictures to explain it. I have often wondered how to do this so I will be trying it out. thank you.


  • Oh my this was so easy. Wish I had known about it years ago.


  • Yep drying herbs is a great way to have a super supply when crops are at their plentiful.


  • I’ve dried curry leaves with great success as well. Most herbs can be frozen to lock in freshness too.


  • Some herbs grow so easy indeed! Rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, sage…


  • I personally think that this is a great idea. Myself and my children recently planted some herbs and i have to say that they are the easiest to grow. My children have enjoyed every step of the way from planting, watching them grow, and the best part of it is letting the kids go and cut herbs for dinner… my children LOVE it.


  • Nice idea to save money. I don’t have a microwave oven, so the old fashioned benchtop drying and oven will do me.


  • It’s amazing! I’ve got so much rosemary in the garden that I should definitely try. It looks so easy!!


  • Thanks for sharing your tips Jessica. We grow a number of our own herbs. I’ve dried many in a food dehydrator (takes a few hours), some in the oven on its lowest setting (time consuming because you need to prop open the oven door regularly to vent out the moisture), but mostly I air dry them which can take weeks depending on humidity and uses valuable bench space. Our toddler loves to help pluck the leaves off and spread over the trays. A great money saver. And with your instructions, a great time saver too!


  • Thankyou I love herbs but always they either go mouldy or they are just not nice to put into dishes so will be trying this tip and saving a whole lot of money to Boot


  • That’s fantastic. I’m going to try it. Thank you


  • I don’t have a microwave – will this work in an oven?


  • Fantastic instructions! Thanks for sharing this.


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