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dried basil in a jar

Basil – How to dry and store dried basil.

  • Author: Susan Moncrieff | Momcrieff


How to dry basil to preserve it and use it year-round.  Perfect for use in recipes like pasta sauces calling for dried basil.


Stems of basil (that’s all!)

Glass jars for storage (spice jars or small mason/canning jars).


Turn your oven to it’s lowest setting.  Something like 150 – 200 Fahrenheit

Place washed and dried individual leaves in a single layer on your baking sheet.  I normally wash the whole stems, let them dry for a few hours, then take the leaves off the stems.  Do not try to dry wet leaves. You will steam them not dry them.

When the leaves start getting crunchy, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, turn the oven off but keep the basil leaves in the oven.  Once the leaves are really crunchy and cool, place in a plastic bag and remove air from bag before closing.  Either use your fingers to crumble the dried basil leaves or use a rolling pin (or a water glass).  Once the dried basil is crumbled, place in a glass jar.

Store in a cool and dry place.