Step 6: The Drying of the Basil

Now for the patience part - you will need to give your basil a good 4 weeks before it will be properly dried. Pull it down before then and it will just be limp.

How do I know if my basil has dried properly? The test to see if you're basil is ready for storage / cooking is to break one of the leaves between your fingers - if it's nice and crunchy and breaks easily it's done. If not give it another week and try again.
Great instructions, I guess you can do the same with other herbs too.
Thanks Chrys :) Yes you probably can, I haven't tried it myself but I'm pretty sure this method would work fine for parsley, rosemary, tarragon, mint, possibly even chives. The drying time may differ so you'd probably just want to test them after 2 weeks to see how they're going, instead of after 4 weeks.
<p>I have dried herbs for years. However, when trying to dry basil as you do in the instructions, it turns brown/black and does not dry like most herbs. </p>
<p>So.. my hubby generally bundles our herbs &amp; hangs them to dry in our kitchen - away from any appliances or water sources. Our basil, however, appears to be turning brown, not drying to a nice green like your pictures show. The brown leaves are also falling off. They are hanging above a basket where we keep our potatoes, if that makes any difference... any advice?</p>
You have to keep them away from light sources the best you can. I hang mine in a closet on the main level.
Thank you so very much for this very well-stated and often entertaining article. I'll be trying it over the weekend!
<p>I have dried herbs except bazil by drying then out for a few days then placing them in the microwave for 2 minutes, 1 minute at a time, has work perfectly, plus very tasty !! Opinions please!</p>
<p>FYI you can dry herbs even faster by removing the leaves from the stem and laying them out on a wire rack. The downside of that is that it takes a little more time and space to do it this way. I'm inpatient though so that's what I do. </p>
<p>Yes but I think the idea is to keep the leaves on the stems. As you are hanging them upside down there is still moisture/flavor in the stems and gravity pulls that down into the leaves before they dry. Although your system works and probably works faster I don't thing the basil will quite as flavorful. Just a theory</p>
<p>Carjo4</p><p>This is a super idea. I still have a freezer drawer full of basil/oil from last year, so an alternative and very simple idea is welcomed. Can't wait to try it in my tomato sauce (toms from my greenhouse of course!)</p>
<p>Super thanks! I have never dried herbs before. I had my basil plant on my patio at my apartment. It grew so fast!!!! I even gave some of it to my neighbor because it grew so big!!</p>
<p>So fun and funny! I am going to teach my daughter how to dry basil with your article.</p>
<p>Thank you I found this instructable just in time for my fall harvest</p>
<p>I love having fresh herbs drying over my kitchen window</p>
<p>This is great, thank you! I've learned how to do aquaponics from another instructable and now I have the happy issue of having TOO much basil! Yay! I'm happy none of this will go to waste with your easy techiniques. </p>
<p>Thank you for this great info and tips!! Please be well!</p>
<p>Nicely done ... going to try riight now as it nears 10am in cascade Mts. </p>
What does "above the jug" mean? Sorry, I only speak Yank, lol. To me, a jug is a large bottle. Thanks! I've airdried herbs before but never was brave enough to try it with my basil. I'll have to, now that I know it can be done successfully!
Jug = kettle :) If you dry the herbs over the kettle then when the kettle is on the steam from it can - at best - stop the herbs from drying properly and - at worst - make them moldy.<br/>
Would this work for a dorm room? We have a great farmer's market down the street, and I'd love to dry some herbs for use throughout the whole year--the dining hall food could really use it!
Hi Mattheous, yes it could definately work - you just need to put them up high in a dry spot that doesn't get direct sunlight all day. I haven't tried it myself but I'm sure you could dry herbs at the top of a clothes cupboard if you made some space (and don't mind your clothes smelling a bit like the herbs).
That's perfect! And it should really help my suite feel a little more like home... Thanks!
....I think you can smoke it too....not that I think its a very good ides though....

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