Originally Posted by Constance
I've never had any luck drying it...would you share you method with me?
Oh, Constance. I am such a lazy freak.
I finally go out and pull up the plants right before the first real freeze. I cut off the root ball and wash the leaves. Then I hang it upside down in my downstairs bathroom! When it's totally dry (maybe 2 weeks) I pull off the leaves and ziplock them
This is how I do rosemary, oregano, thyme, etc. too.
I am sure it's probably not the right way to do it, but it works for me.
A side story .... I had just finished the process with my basil a few years back. I had ziplocked the basil and had prepared a small baggie of it for a friend. I had left the baggie on the kitchen counter. In the middle of the night I heard some loud noises on my deck. Scared, I called the police. I let them in and we went through the kitchen to the back door. They looked at the baggie of basil on the counter which -- to my horror -- looked exactly like pot!
They didnt say a word, though. Turned out the noises were exploding cans of diet coke. I had put a 12 pack outside to chill and forgotten it.
After they left I was sort of disappointed that they didnt at least smell the contents of the baggie. Made me feel like an old fogie!