So, here's what you'll need:
Sharp scissors (these are the special herb-cutting scissors I use, click here for a link, and no, I don't get any money for the link)
Herbs cut from your garden or patio pots
Ornament hooks or clothes pins
First things first: cut your herbs. Try to do it when there isn't much dew on the plants.
Next, bring them inside. Here I have three kinds of herbs: flat-leaf parsley, oregano, and basil.
|Freshly cut from the garden.|
Work with one type of herb at a time. Check each stem for bugs. Trust me. I found a snail and a green worm in my herbs. Remove said bugs by whatever means pleases you.
Arrange in bundles of about the same length. Rinse with water to remove dirt. Place on a cloth or paper towel in a single layer and pat dry as best you can.
|Oregano--these were really tall, so I cut them in half before washing and bundling them.|
|Pat excess water with towels, as best you can. They won't be completely dry.|
Lather, rinse, repeat (metaphorically speaking), until all herbs have been washed, patted dry, and tied together.
|All tied up and ready to be dried|
Leave them be for a month or two. No need to do anything to them. I've seen that there are some people who have success drying herbs in their ovens, but I haven't tried that...yet.
Once they are dry, you'll crush them. We'll cover that in part 2...stay tuned!