Best way to dry or store marjoram, basil, oregano, etc. for fall use. It got moldy last time I tried it.

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ChefJune August 29, 2011
I hang them and dry them. Then rub them off their stems and put them in brown glass jars.
 
Greenstuff August 29, 2011
Or chop them, put them in ice cube trays, fill with water, freeze, then store the cubes in a bag. This technique works quite well for basil to use in soups and stews. Another option is to blend them with oil and freeze. You can use the ice cube trays for this method too, but I think small individual containers, where they will stay, works better.
 
wssmom August 29, 2011
I freeze herbs from my garden; spread them out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer, then put them into ziplock bags with as much air as you can squeezed out of them and store in the freezer.
 
ejm August 29, 2011
If you can hang it that usually works best, bunch it and put in a dry place for a few days.

If you cannot hang then I wash/dry and then keep on a cooling rack(over a baking sheet) sometimes helps to turn them periodically. Try not to overlap. Takes a few days as well.

I will wait to strip the leaves until dry - tends to work best that way I find.

Basil can be hard because of size I would guess - have not tried it

Good luck
 
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