Best method for drying herbs.

I have a boatload of thyme, more than I could possibly use or even give to my neighbors. I have never dried herbs before. What is the best method to dry it so it doesn't go to waste. I also have more basil than I can use is it best to process and freeze or dry it also?

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inpatskitchen
inpatskitchen August 4, 2011

My dad always bundles up his thyme and hangs it in the basement to dry.. As for basil, I like to put a bunch in the blender and then add olive oil a little at a time, until I get a creamy paste. Then I pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, wrap them tightly in the freezer and use for soups, spaghetti sauce etc. I also freeze the basil in ice cube trays covered with water.

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SKK
SKK August 4, 2011

I love your problems - Boatloads of corn, thyme and basil! Here is a great information source for drying thyme http://www.pickyourown.org/DHsage.html
I prefer freezing basil because although it looks limp, it keeps its flavor. And basil has a higher water content and I find it molds more easily when dried.

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sdebrango
sdebrango August 4, 2011

Thank you so much, Pat and SKK. I didn't grow the corn but bought way more than I needed at the market. I grow the herbs and this year they just grew like crazy. So the general consensus is to freeze the basil and the link to drying thyme is so helpful. Thanks,

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Sarah Jampel
Sarah Jampel July 30, 2013

Check out this article! http://food52.com/blog...

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sdebrango
sdebrango July 30, 2013

Thank you I just saw that, I now have a boatload of basil too, pesto time and drying. It's a great article. Thanks again.

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