Rosemary makes a great fresh herb, but it can also be easily dried if you have an abundance or are stocking up for winter. Dried rosemary is great on pizza, in breads like focaccia, in marinades, and more. You can use it to make rosemary tea. Here’s how to dry rosemary to ensure that you get the most from your herb garden.
Clip full rosemary stems (aka sprigs) as needed. Try to clip them at the same length. Bundle them together and bound them on the bottom (clipped end) with a rubber band or twine.
Hang bundles in a cool, dry, well ventilated place. In humid climates, this may be difficult and a humidifier or food dehydrator may be necessary to properly dry your rosemary.
Rotate the rosemary every other day. This will ensure even drying.
Once the stems and leaves have lost all pliability and become brittle to the touch the rosemary is sufficiently dry. This will take about two weeks, give or take.
Crumble off the dried leaves and separate them from the stems. Place in an airtight jar and store in a cool, dark place.
OTHER DRYING METHODS
For humid environments, rinse your freshly picked rosemary and dry as thoroughly as possible by sponging with a paper towel and spinning in a salad spinner. Spread it out on a tray and put it in your dehydrator until the stems snap easily when bent.
You can also oven dry your rosemary. Rinse fresh rosemary thoroughly and dry off as much water as possible. Use a salad spinner if possible. Place sprigs on a cookie sheet with a layer of parchment paper. Dry in the oven at the lowest temperature for 2-4 hours or until brittle to the touch.
For rosemary grown outdoors, harvest in the morning after all dew has evaporated.
Use a brown paper bag to cover each bundle of hanging rosemary. This will help keep dust off of it while it dries. Be sure to punch good ventilation holes and slits so mold will not set in.
Be sure to pick away and discard all woody stems and discolored or unhealthy-looking leaves.
Rosemary loses very little flavor when dried compared to most other herbs.
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