I understand that one should dry them in the dehydrator and then freeze them in ziploc type bags (getting the air out as best as possible). That way they stay fresh and if there is any moisture left they don't mold because they are in the freezer.
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I don't think you should poke holes in the jars; wouldn't they lose strength that way over time? After they are dried I'd think you would want to keep them sealed tightly (like you do all other spices?).
In the past I have washed the herbs, patted them dry and then put them in the dehydrator. Once dry, I take them off the stems and put them in old spice jars that I saved. You can remove the stems before you dry them too, but I find it easier to just dry the whole thing and then remove the leaves once they are dry. I've done thyme, basil and oregano this way in the past.
I am in need of a way to save herbs. I only have a few (thyme, oregano and chives) and they are producing a lot. It also got quite chilly last night and I am thinking I need to get them preserved somehow.
I have a dehydrator, so I can use that. I just don't know any specifics (in jars or bags, dried in oven or dehydrator, holes in lids as a shaker-type storage or sealed tight, you get the picture!
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