I was blessed with an abundance of sage this summer in my garden.
I admit to not being a real fan of fresh sage. I just love the way it smells and love dry rubbed sage for Thanksgiving recipes. I have a small jar of dried sage in my cupboard, but if I am correct, it was purchased sometime in the 1990′s. That won’t work. Herbal enthusiasts recommend tying bundles of sage by the stems and hanging them in a dry dark place for ten days until thoroughly dried. This sounds lovely and all ,but I didn’t think far enough ahead for that drying method. A dehydrator would work well too, but I don’t have one. But, I do have an oven. I decided to dry my sage in the oven, flying by the seat of my pants.
I removed the sage leaves from the stems since I wouldn’t be hanging them. Next I spread the sage leaves on a small baking sheet.
I placed the baking sheet in a preheated 250 degree oven for ten minutes. They sage was perfectly dried after ten minutes. I was prepared to put it back in if it wasn’t completely dry. Your drying time might be different. I wanted it crumbly.
I placed several pieces of dried sage in my hand and rubbed it onto a paper towel.
After rubbing all the sage, I placed it into a small mesh strainer and tapped the side to strain out all the tough pieces.
I ended up with beautiful hand rubbed sage in the bowl.
And a few dried stems in the strainer.
This will be fabulous in my Thanksgiving recipes! Now my hands smell like dressing. I like it.