As the weather gets colder and the plants are winding down for the year, or when the garden is overflowing with goodness in mid-summer, one of the great ways to preserve these flavors is by drying the herbs.
Herbs that you plan to dry for storage should be harvested at their peak to conserve the herbs’ natural oils responsible for flavor, aroma, and medicinal properties. The timing depends on the plant part you are harvesting and how it will be used.
It is no secret that herbs can add cool flavors to your food. You need to understand the basics about herbs to use the right ones in your foods. This cheat sheet by illustrated bites shows you how to deal with herbs when preparing your food:
There are many ways to dry herbs so that you can enjoy them all year. Learn when to harvest and how to dry herbs to preserve their essential oils for the greatest flavor intensity and medicinal properties.