Not all herbs dry well, but dried thyme is pretty much idiot-proof. There are only a few little tricks to getting it right. It’s worth making dried thyme to get you through winter cooking, like making these Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Rosemary. Dried thyme also makes a fragrant and personalized hostess gift from your urban garden.
In Virginia, our thyme usually winters over and we can pull leaves off all year. But growth does slow down during the winter, and the leaves aren’t as fat and flavorful. So we dry some each fall to use during the fallow season. This way we can give our garden thyme a little winter rest.
In the fall, I cut the thyme back pretty hard, and then dry it for a few days in the house. Easy peasy.
That’s it! No braiding, tying or silica gel.
I saved some small jam jars to package the thyme. Make some pretty labels – I used Japanese washi tape. It’s a lightweight, colorful masking tape that peels off easily. It comes in all colors, and I often use purple as it’s opposite green on the color wheel. Wrap it in a colorful cloth or gift bag and you’re done!
This is a gift that can keep on giving. If you gift your thyme to someone especially appreciative, ask them if they want to take on a whole plant. Every other spring we pull our thyme out of its container and divide it, then replant. You can share that other half with your appreciative friend.