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Once you learn how to dry Parsley, it will be easy to store jars of dried herbs for using later.
Herbs are so easy to grow and they are super easy to preserve over the Winter. Many people grow herbs in pots inside their homes, or you can dedicate part of your flower garden to grow herbs outside.
We grow Rosemary in a pot, because our winters are far too cold for it to survive outdoors. Every summer, we move the Rosemary to our outdoor porch and every Fall, we bring it back inside.
But Parsley is easy to grow outdoors (or indoors!) – it also self seeds quite easily, which is a bonus I always like.
The only downfall with dried herbs is they never seem to taste as good as fresh herbs. That’s all right by us – we would still rather harvest and dry our own herbs, just because we know that they haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals.
So every year, we grow some Parsley plants and just keep trimming the Parsley. Not only do we use it fresh, but we are also trying to keep it from trying to go to flower and set seed. If the plant survives our winter, it will act as a perennial and come back up in the Spring.
However, I always let a couple of Parsley plants go to seed. Why? So that in the Spring, if we get lucky, some of those seeds sprout and give us new Parsley plants. This way, I have my bases covered and I know I will never need to buy more seed.
When I want to dry Parsley, I cut a large amount of stems off the mother plants.
How to Dry Parsley
I usually cut the stems fairly low on the plant, especially if that plant has a lot of growth. I like to cut and place my herbs right into a large shallow open weave basket.
The basket allows air to circulate better through the herbs – which is definitely what you want for drying!
When I bring the full basket inside, I first snip off all the tips and discard the Parsley stems. There isn’t any point in drying the stems of the plant.
I leave all the tips sitting in a shallow bowl. I’ll give them a good stir with my fingers every few days or so and let it dry before storing in a glass jar. In the photo, I am drying the herb Lovage which we also use a lot of. Read more about growing Lovage!
We like to use a lot of Parsley in our cooking. If we do ever run out, I know I can easily get more at the grocery store, but we usually do harvest and dry enough to last us until the next Spring. By then, our new plants are ready to have a bit of a trim and we use that fresh.
Are you drying any Herbs this year?
More articles on Drying and Using Herbs can be found here:
How to Grow Herbs Indoors and Outdoors – everything you need to know!
How to Dry Herbs – indepth info and great herbal tips
How to Grow Valerian Herb – a pretty flower with an incredible scent!
How to Grow Lovage – also known as the “Maggi” plant