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5 Simple Steps to Drying Herbs in a Paper Bag

As I jammed the plant stems into brown paper bags, I doubted my attempt at drying herbs in a paper bag would be fruitful. But when late-summer nights ushered in chilly thoughts and earlier evenings, I knew I had to do something with my daughters’ plethora of herbs before Frost made them worthless with her silver-coated, suffocating touch.

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I’m not surprised that I hesitated at my endeavors. I often allow feelings of inadequacy to hold me back. But now, three weeks later, the jars of aromatic greenery standing in my cabinet, diligently waiting to be used, bring me satisfactory joy. I even find myself–can I say this without sounding too weird?–sneaking a peek at them every so often, or unscrewing a lid just to let the calming smell permeate my kitchen.

I have most definitely found a new autumn ritual—the process was that effortless. In fact, this may have been the easiest endeavor I’ve tackled since our family started our homesteading journey 5 short seasons ago. (I’ll be honest, even though it is rewarding and gratifying, this homesteading thing is not easy. I’m amazed at how much time everything takes, from the birth cycle of rabbits to the molting cycle of chickens. Raising food from farm to table is a never-ending, tedious process that develops great patience and appreciation for every bite.) But I harvested, dried, cut, and stored 3 jars of herbs in way less time than it would take me to drive to the store and buy them. (I should add a disclaimer that we live 11 miles from the nearest traffic light, so my drive to the store is a little longer than average.)

I spent $2.99 for 3 jars of amazingly aromatic fresh dried herbs.

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Turning over the rocky New England soil? Not so easy. Figuring out the best day in spring to plant a productive garden in the short New England growing season? Not so easy. Keeping the chicks out of the garden? Not so easy.

drying herbs in a paper bag

But drying herbs in a paper bag? Piece of cake. And if you don’t want a mix-matched hodge podge of spice jars, you can pick up some nifty ones with included chalk labels like these  or–my favorite–try these jars with amazing adjustable shaker lids and buy your own chalk labels. While you’re at it, grab these larger chalk labels for your Tupperware and mason jars organization and your cabinets will be organized in style.

I’m excited to be sharing the 5 Simple Steps to Drying Herbs on Proverbial Homemaker today. Take a peek… you’ll be surprised how amazingly easy it is to grow and preserve your own spices by simply drying herbs in a paper bag.

Oh, and find out on today’s post on Proverbial Homemaker what my audacious colonial-style baker does with the dried herb stems when she has soup simmering.

drying herbs in a paper bag


If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. Isaiah 1:19


Meanwhile, You’ll Love This Free Resource!

If you’re interested in growing and drying your own fresh herbs, I’m guessing you’d love a lot of the topics covered in the 2017 Back to Basics Living Summit. If you’d like to sit under the tutelage of 32 different experts, and learn great insights into 32 different aspects of this homesteading way of life, you’ll love the 2017 Back to Basics Living Summit.

Why Are We Offering This For Free?

This Summit is a wonderful compilation of downloadable content that I am totally excited to be a part of. Basically, we all got together to help each other and our readers out by offering this Summit as a great way to build community. It’s a win-win for both myself and the other 31 experts, and for you. 

Let’s Keep This One Secret Between Us

I should stop and recognize those of you who have been following me on this homesteading journey. Cause you know I don’t consider myself an expert at much. Well, except failure. I’m really good at failure. So don’t let the rest of the presenters at the Summit in on our little secret, that I’m not truly an expert.

I’m presenting my first-ever video course (which you can purchase here soon): Maple Joy in 8 Steps–From Tree to Syrup. Watch this 1-minute intro video for more info.

But through the 2017 Back to Basics Living Summit you’ll also learn great life lessons, like how to effectively save money at the grocery store, how to make DIY cleaners and even makeup, and how to lose weight.

And there are courses on all kinds of homesteading-related skills, from purchasing a good incubator to making cheese.

There are plenty of courses to help people prepare for the homesteading life before they start, with topics like making homemade bread, preserving herbs, using sunlight efficiently, and starting a homestead from scratch.

And the Back to Basics Living Summit is totally FREE from Sept. 10-16, 2017. After that date, all the great knowledge will still be accessible, it just won’t be free, but still well worth every penny, so definitely give it a gander!

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