How to Dry Fresh Bay Leaves

Drying fresh bay leaves is easy.
Drying fresh bay leaves is easy. (Image: bay leaf image by Gibbel from

Bay leaves are a popular ingredient in Italian recipes. Growing the herb in your garden is simple and will supply a harvest that lasts a year. The most simple method of preserving bay leaves is drying them. While a dehydrator works best, bay leaves can simply be dried overnight in an oven.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire rack
  • Paper towels
  • Airtight containers

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Cover the top of a wire rack with a single layer of paper towels.

Separate the bay leaves and place on the paper towels in a single layer. Do not allow the leaves to touch.

Place a single layer of paper towels over the leaves. Arrange another layer of leaves on the towels. You can create up to four more layers.

Turn on the oven light if using an electric stove. If using a gas stove, the heat from the pilot light will be sufficient.

Place the stacked leaves on the middle rack and allow to dry overnight.

Store the dried bay leaves in airtight containers until needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also do this with mint or sage leaves.
  • You can also dry small amounts of bay leaves in the microwave. Place the leaves on paper towels and turn the microwave on to a medium setting for 2 to 3 minutes.


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