Storing Thyme – Drying Fresh Thyme After Harvesting

Dried thyme is a common thing. Most of us have seen dried herbs at one time or another.

But what do you need to store them? And when will you use them again?

Here are some tips:

1) Dry thyme in a dehydrator (or other high heat).

You want to make sure that your dried herb is completely dry before storing it.

2) Store dried herbs in airtight containers.

They should not be exposed to direct sunlight or any kind of moisture.

3) Keep dried herbs away from light and moisture.

Do not expose them to temperatures above 120°F/49°C. If they get too hot, they may burn quickly or even explode! Also keep them away from oxygen, which could cause the contents to go bad very fast!

4) When you’re ready to use your dried herbs, simply take them out of their containers and let them cool down.

Then just store them in a dark place until needed.

5) Use fresh thyme if possible.

A good rule of thumb is to never use dried thyme again unless it’s absolutely necessary! Storing fresh herbs is not easy, but you can try keeping them in a plastic bag in the fridge and wrapping paper towels around them to absorb moisture. Don’t worry if the paper towels get moldy; that’s normal in this situation.

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There you have it, folks! Now you know how to store and use dried herbs! So the next time you need to use dried thyme, you’ll know exactly what to do!

Does anyone else have any tips for storing dried herbs?

You can share them here! Remember, everyone learns something new everyday! Even you!

How to dry thyme in the oven

If you’re not sure how to dry thyme, or if you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also dry your herbs in the oven. This process should only take several hours at the very most and you must make sure to check on them every once in a while. You also need to be careful that your oven doesn’t catch on fire, so keep an eye on it as well!


1) Preheat your oven to its lowest temperature, around 150-200°F/65-93°C.


2) Take a clean dishcloth or a few layers of paper towels and spread them out on a cookie sheet.

Spread your thyme leaves out on top of the cloth so that they’re lying evenly and not on top of each other.


3) Place the cookie sheet into the oven for 2-4 hours.

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Check on your herbs every once in awhile and make sure that they’re not burning! You’ll know they’re done when they’re crisp.


4) Let the thyme cool completely and then store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them.

Don’t put away just yet! You need to learn how to store fresh thyme!

How to Store Fresh Thyme

Storing fresh herbs is actually quite easy, but like with anything else in life, there are certain things you need to do to make sure it stays good until you can use it. Follow these steps and you’ll be fine!


1) Take your bunch of fresh thyme and trim away any dead or wilted leaves.

This will ensure that your thyme lasts as long as possible!


2) Take your bunch of fresh thyme and split it into individual stems.

This will give each stem more airflow, which will prevent spoilage.

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3) Place your stems into a glass with water like you would with cut flowers.

Thyme can actually stay fresh for quite awhile this way!

There you have it folks! Now you know how to store both dried and fresh thyme! I hope you found this article helpful and useful in the future. If you liked this, feel free to share it with your friends and family! You never know, they may have been struggling with this problem for a long time as well.

Thanks for reading!

Happy thyme planting!

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