Why buy expensive jars of thyme when it is less expensive and very easy to dry your own? Follow a few instructions to dry your own fresh thyme and have it on hand for your favorite recipes.
Shake the branches to remove any dust or dirt. Washing the branches only improves the chances that the thyme will mildew instead of drying properly.
Group the branches into small bunches with the stems all going in the same direction. The group of stems should be no thicker than your little finger.
Tie the stems together just tight enough to hold them together. If they are too tight air circulation might be hampered; if they're too loose, they'll fall apart.
Hang these tied bunches, stems up, in an area where there is good air circulation and out of direct sunlight. It will take about 10 days to dry completely.
Once the thyme is completely dry, untie the string and break the thyme into small pieces. Store in a glass jar with a good seal.
Tie a small ribbon around the stems to make a lovely air freshener for your kitchen or for a gift. Tiny sprigs of dried herbs can add a nice touch to your table--just tuck them into a linen napkin.
Don't try to dry herbs in a humid area such as a cellar or a bathroom as it increases the chances of growing mold and mildew on the herbs, making them useless.