Preserving herbs is one of the basic in cooking. Evert foodie worth their salt should have a good idea on how to do it. While there are many ways to dry herbs, the simplest (and most popular) would be the air-drying method. Unlike the others, air-drying can best preserve the essential oils and aromas that are in the herbs. This makes sense especially for those who raise their own herbs. It is not difficult to air-dry herbs.
All you need is to follow these simple steps:
Select and cut healthy branches from your herbs. Remove any dry or diseased leaves and insects from the branches.
If the branches are a bit dirty, cleanse them with cool, clean water and pat dry. Wet herbs will only attract molds and make them rot.
Remove the lower leaves and bunch the branches tightly. Using a rubber band will be a good idea since the bundles will shrink as they dry. If you are drying herbs with high water content, create smaller bundles.
The process would take about two weeks, after which you can check them weekly. Once the herbs are sufficiently dry, then they are ready to be stored.