Dried Herbs

Toward the end of last summer when all my basil bushes were overwhelming me and I couldn’t make any more pesto, and I had already tried to preserve the herb in another fashion, I just cut off the branches and stuffed them into brown paper sacks. (Why I didn’t let some go to seed, I don’t know.) I twisted the bags closed, secured them with rubber bands, and hung them (and some oregano, too) in the basement until I was reminded of their existence in early April.
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I had more dried basil and oregano than I could ever use in a year, especially since I hope to have enough of both herbs to repeat the process this summer. I took my excess to a seed exchange where I happily shared last summer’s bounty.

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