If you do not have a dehydrator, you can always dry your herbs in a paper lunch bag.
1. Cut 3 – 5 stems of the herb you wish to dry. Shake to remove any bugs. Pinch any damage leaves. Wash and thoroughly dry.
2. Make several holes in a paper lunch bag to ensure that air can circulate. Insert the stems into the bag:
3. Wrap a rubber band around the outside of the bag, securing stems. You want the rubber band to be secure, but not so tight that it will dig into the stems.
4. Use the rubber band to hang the bag from a hook: It will take 1 – 3 weeks for the herbs to dry, depending on your humidity level. Using a paper bag keeps dust off of the drying herbs and allows you to collect any leaves (or in the case of cilantro, any seeds) that may fall. They are ready once the leaves become crumbly to the touch. I store the dried leaves in an airtight, glass jar and crush as needed for recipes.
Do you dry herbs for use over the winter? Which method do you use?