How to Dry  Basil Quickly

What to do with lots of basil?

If you have a garden you’ve probably encountered basil overload before. It’s the problem when you have just a couple basil plants but suddenly it’s mid Summer and they’re producing with a unstoppable momentum!  Don’t worry though, one way to solve basil overload is by drying the basil. This way you’re preserving your basil (and all the hard work that went into it) and will be able to enjoy basil for months (or years) afterwards.


Make sure your basil is washed and completely dry. I wash the entire plant and dry mine overnight.

Place basil leaves on a baking sheet, making sure the leaves don’t overlap.

Bake until basil leaves are dried and can easily crumble.

Remove basil from oven and crumble in bowl. The basil should easily crumble upon touching.

Store dried basil in jar for storage. I like to reuse spice jars I get from the store. If properly stored dried basil will last 1-2 years.

Do you wash basil before drying?

Yes, you should wash basil before drying. This will be the time to remove any dirt or critters  on your basil leaves before drying it. The most important part is that the basil should be completely dry before we put it in the oven.