How to dry fresh bay leaves

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How to dry fresh bay leaves
Drying fresh bay leaves is easy. (bay leaf image by Gibbel from

Bay leaves are a popular ingredient in Italian recipes. Growing the herb in your garden is simple and will supply a harvest that lasts a year. The most simple method of preserving bay leaves is drying them. While a dehydrator works best, bay leaves can simply be dried overnight in an oven.

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Things you need

  • Wire rack
  • Paper towels
  • Airtight containers

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  1. 1

    Cover the top of a wire rack with a single layer of paper towels.

  2. 2

    Separate the bay leaves and place on the paper towels in a single layer. Do not allow the leaves to touch.

  3. 3

    Place a single layer of paper towels over the leaves. Arrange another layer of leaves on the towels. You can create up to four more layers.

  4. 4

    Turn on the oven light if using an electric stove. If using a gas stove, the heat from the pilot light will be sufficient.

  5. 5

    Place the stacked leaves on the middle rack and allow to dry overnight.

  6. 6

    Store the dried bay leaves in airtight containers until needed.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also do this with mint or sage leaves.
  • You can also dry small amounts of bay leaves in the microwave. Place the leaves on paper towels and turn the microwave on to a medium setting for 2 to 3 minutes.

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