When I visited our local community garden last autumn, they had big piles of bay leaves for all of
us visitors to help ourselves to. The manager generously welcomed me to take a bunch and gave
me tips on how to store it. I won’t regret the effort I took – those leaves had a sweetness and
flavour that lifted my casseroles and stews all winter.
The method was simple – I just had to pick the healthy looking leaves. I then laid out all the leaves
on a cooling rack that I use for baking, and put the rack into an oven that wasn’t turned on. It took a
few weeks for the leaves to dry out, but once done, I had a nice stockpile of herbs that I could then
store in an airtight jar. That got me curious – we once sold a range of herbs at Urbangrains, but
could I try to replicate that process in my own kitchen? This Wikihow article has great guidelines on
how you can do this too, with multiple methods to choose from.

Maybe to some of you, it might seem a waste of time when you can buy a great range of herbs
easily from just about any corner shop and supermarket. But like cooking, there’s a certain joy that
comes from doing it yourself. So if you have a little herb garden at home, try preserving some of
your harvest so that you can enjoy the fruit of your efforts all year round. Let us know in the
comments section what you’ve tried out.


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