Hand Rubbed Sage from 10 days to 10 minutes!

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.



  1. Great idea for drying sage quickly! I just had the bunches that I hung upside down from cabinets for weeks….my husband was getting pretty tired of seeing them! I will have to try this next time :) Thanks for sharing at the Saturday Night Fever link party!

  2. This is brilliant! I have fresh sage I need to harvest before it freezes! Tonight!

  3. I hope you have a good one too! Imagine being excited about sage? But, I am!

  4. I’ve always been too lazy to put the sage through a sieve…lol! It looks much nicer that way :) Thanks for sharing this on The Thankful HomeAcre! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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