Dry your own herbs.

Because I have so much beautiful basil, but no dehydrator, I have had to figure out how do dry it in my oven.  It is super simple.  I have dried basil, dill, sage, parsley, and mint this way.  It has worked very well for all of them.

Start by pre-heating your oven to the lowest setting it will go to. For mine that is 170.

Next wash a big pile of basil (or what ever herb you are drying).

Now you want to get your pan ready.  I have found the best way to do this is by using a cooling rack inside a cookie sheet.

This way your herbs wont burn as they are drying and the pan heats up.

Next you are going to strip off all the leaves from the stems.  You don’t have to wast much, any bad leaves and the thick stems.

This is all I wasted from the big pile I had.

Now you will lay out all the leaves on the cooling rack.

As you can see the very tops where four or five of them are together I just left together and put on.  If you take them apart the little leaves wont stay on the rack.

*A note about other herbs.  If you have a herb, like basil, with big leaves it is pretty easy to lay them out.  When I did dill I left the the stems together. Then pulled them apart after they were done drying.*

Put them in the oven.  Mine usually take any ware from 1 and a half hours to 2 hours.  Depending on how humid it is and how wet your herbs are.  If you live in a very dry area you might want to check them after and hour.

This is what they look like when they are done.  Very dry and crunchy (yes that is the technical term!).  They should break easily when you pick them up.


Now put them in your cute, crafty, fun container that I know you all have on hand just waiting for something to fill it with.  Just like me…….



Or if you really are just like me you will just put them in a sandwich bag until you can come up with a better container.  I did two pans and got almost a full bag.  It is a very good idea to write what you put in the bag.  Some of the herbs look very similar after they are dried.  I’ll admit it, I have had to taste them to know for sure which herb it is.


  1. Very interesting post. I tried to keep mine in a drak room last year as my grandmother used to do but for some reason it didn’t work very well. I’ll try the oven this time. Thanks!

  2. Oooh Kadie, you’re a little bit psychic. I was just staring at my out-of-control herbs in the garden yesterday, wondering what to do with them. I will definitely be trying this. I am a big pesto fan with basil, but I have parsley, sage, savory and rosemary so I’ll see what responds to this drying technique. Thanks for sharing, and perfect timing. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    i’ve dried basil in the oven but didn’t think to put it on the rack…great idea because some of my edges got a little burned. jeni

  4. Kadie, That was a great hint! I bet your house smelled fabulous during the process!

    I’m your newest follower, #196…..only 4 to go ’til you hit the big 2-0-0!

  5. Kadie, That was a great hint! I bet your house smelled fabulous during the process!

    I’m your newest follower, #196…..only 4 to go ’til you hit the big 2-0-0!

  6. good job Kadie I need to do mine. Maybe this weekend. Love the bag glad to see you starting to sew again. There is always lots to do. Keep up the good work Grammy

  7. My Mom told me about this idea once. I need to try it. Well first I need to grow the herbs. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  8. Michelle says:

    This is exactly what I needed. Thanks!

  9. Good to know. I’m pinning this so I don’t forget. 🙂

  10. Kate @ craftwhatever says:

    Perfect! Thanks! I have a basil plant that is surviving our 105 degree temps…I need to do this tomorrow! : )

  11. Six Sisters says:

    Great idea! We would love to have you come share your great ideas at our weekly link party every Saturday! -The Sisters

  12. Just moved into temporary housing waiting for the closing on our new condo. In the meantime, all of my spices are in storage. This is a great solution while I am waiting to get back to my kitchen things. Thanks so much. Found this on pinterest. Saved me a lot of money. Dried some herbs while I was doing the laundry 🙂

  13. Great tip! I have a bunch of fresh rosemary…. now I know what to do with it!


  14. Wonderful tip! I used my microwave last year to dry my herbs. Worked great! I then put them all in marked, cutesy containers I made while waiting for them to dry. Just kidding…I actually put them in glass jars that I wash and save. I did mark them though because as you said, I have had to smell and taste before use!


  15. Janice Wawczak says:

    Great Idea! Last year I used my microwave to dry herbs. Worked wonderfully! I then put them in those cutesy lil containers that I made while drying them. Just kidding…I put them in glass jars that I wash and save for storage. I did remember to label them as I have been in the taste/smell what is it? before. Thanks for the tip!

  16. With my herbs growing out of control, I will definitely try this tomorrow! Just wondering how long the dry herbs will last?

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