How to Dry Herbs in the Refrigerator

Tere Gill


This is a super-easy way to dry fresh herbs. In my opinion, it preserves the color and fresh flavor must better than other methods I've tried. Bonus: Your refrigerator will smell wonderful!


★★★★★ 1 vote

15 Min


  • bunch
    fresh herbs (such as sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, parsley, tarragon, mint etc...)
  • ·
    cold water for washing herbs
  • sheet(s)
    paper towels
  • ·
    twist ties, rubber bands or tape to close ends of packets
  • ·
    marker or ink pen

How to Make How to Dry Herbs in the Refrigerator


  1. Lay clean kitchen towel(s) or a layer of paper towels on work surface.
  2. Thoroughly wash herbs under cold running water; place clean herbs on towels.
  3. Inspect herbs and remove, and discard, any leaves or spots that appear brown or blemished.
  4. Pat herbs dry with paper towels; leave on towels to continue to air-dry for up to 1 hr.
  5. Tear off several sections of new paper towels; place on work surface.
  6. Remove leaves from stems; discard or repurpose stems.
  7. For ROSEMARY: Strip the needles from the stem by holding top end of stem with one hand; with fingers of other hand, grasp the stem directly under the top and pull toward the cut end of the stem. Discard stem.
  8. NOTE: You may mince herbs or leave whole, your choice.
  9. Place herb leaves on a section/sheet of paper towel; roll towel up, around the leaves, like a cigarette.
  10. Secure ends using a twist tie, rubber band or tape.
  11. Write name of herb and the date on the bundle.
  12. Place bundles on highest shelf in refrigerator for approximately 2 weeks.
  13. After 2 weeks, open bundle to inspect for dryness.
  14. If not thoroughly dried; re-tie ends and return to refrigerator for a few more days. If dry, empty herbs into plastic zipper bags or spice jars, label and date.
  15. Store away from light.

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