laundry drying rack used to dry herbs inside cottage style garden shed used as bonus room
Photo: Mark Lohman
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Herb Drying Basics

Drying herbs doesn't require special equipment. Just hang stems upside down in loose bundles, out of direct sunlight. Keep bundles small; big ones tend to get moldy. Hang bunches far enough apart for air to circulate. When sufficiently dry, the leaves will crunch when you squeeze them—the quickest way to separate them from the hard stems. To preserve the most scent or flavor, store the dried leaves in airtight containers in a cool, dry, dark place.

Shown: An old laundry-drying rack with spreading arms is put to use to dry fresh bundles of scented geranium (Pelargonium) leaves and even hot peppers.
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