How To Dry Parsley – The 4 Best Methods

What Is ParsleyParsley VarietiesHow To Dry ParsleyStoring Dried ParsleyUsing Dried ParsleySummary

Drying parsley is a great practice to keep since you will be able to enjoy your harvest for way longer than the season. Parsley is thankfully a very easy herb to dry and preserve for the long term. The flavor doesn’t change that much and the color will stay with it if you are following our methods below.

What Is Parsley

Parsley is a very common herb that a lot of gardeners are growing at home right now. The herb has a long history of being used in cooking but before that in aromatherapy and herbal medicine.

It’s a very aromatic herb that grows well in a number of different environments. If there is drought then the herb will still be able to grow and flourish. A lot of sun and the plant will still grow like normal. All in all, just a great beginner friendly herb to start out with.

Parsley Plant
Parsley Plant

Parsley Varieties

There are a number of different varieties of parsley out there. But below are some of the most commonly grown ones. They grow in moist climates and environments, making it a great addition to your garden at home.

Flat Leaf Parsley

The flat leaf parsley is perhaps the most common variety of parsley. The different varieties we have will more or less grow the same actually. Flat leaf parsley will provide a lot of harvest for the whole season.

The flavor is quite strong and aromatic. It keeps very well in the fridge after being harvested too. Make sure you keep it in an air-tight container away from moisture to prolong the longevity of the harvest.

Curly Leaf Parsley

Curly leaf parsley is perhaps the second most grown variety. It provides a lot of harvests throughout the whole season. The flavor is very similar to flat leaf parsley, very aromatic and flavorful.

The size of the plant will be smaller than the flat leaf one though. The curly variety grows more like a bush instead.

Root Parsley

One of the most underappreciated plants out there honestly. It might be a bit harder to grow at home since it’s pretty weather dependent. The root is what we are after here. It will look almost like parsnip. 

The difficulty comes when it’s growing in wet soil, since that can damage the root quite severely.

How To Dry Parsley

How To Oven Dry Parsley

Oven drying parsley is very easy. We are simply laying out the herb on a flat tray and then putting that in the oven. The temperature should be as low as possible. This will help keep the flavor and the aroma of the herb a lot better.

Something we have learnt over the years is that drying something at higher temperatures will obviously dry it more quickly, but the color and the flavor of the herb will disappear rather quickly.

How To Air Dry Parsley

This is a great method to use as it will also spread the wonderful aroma of the ehrb in the room that you are drying it in. We air dry our parsley by tying a bundle of it and then letting it free hang. 

It will take between 1 and 2 weeks until it’s fully dried, but the flavor and aroma of the herb will be great. Afterwards you should keep it in an air-tight container to keep as much moisture away as possible.

How To Dehydrate Parsley

Dehydrating parsley is a very efficient way of drying a large amount of parsley and then storing it for the long term. If you are lucky enough to have a dehydrator at home then it won’t take long to preserve your harvest.

Just like drying it in the oven, put the dehydrator at the lowest temperature. It will take between 6 – 8 hours or so, depending on how thick you layer the herbs.

How To Microwave Parsley

This might be the least used method. We are using the microwave to basically push out the water content as quickly as possible. Be careful that going too far will instead start burning the herbs eventually.

Parsley Plant
Parsley Plant

How To Store Dried Parsley

Storing dry parsley the right way is very important. Since we have taken all the water from the herb then we need to keep water away too. Rehydrating the herb will instead create a good environment for mold to grow on and bacterial growth.

In our house we use air-tight containers with some kitchen paper to store our dried herbs. The paper will attract any water getting in and protecting the herbs.

Using Dried Parsley

Once you have dried parsley then you have a lot of opportunity to use it in your cooking. We like to especially use it in sauces or soups. It will bring the flavor to a new level, adding a lot of aroma to the dish.

We would hold off on using it in salads, or “drier” dishes for example. You want something that can sort of rehydrate the parsley instead.

Summary

Drying parsley is a very simple task to undertake. We often use the air drying method in our home. It’s not the most efficient way to do it, but the flavor and aroma of the herb will be preserved, which we prioritize.

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