ISSUE 90  |  The Modern Root Cellar

10 Easy Pieces: Herb Drying Racks

September 17, 2013 3:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

Winter doesn’t have to mean turning from your fresh herb garden to the dried herb section at the market. Be your own Spice Islands. Preserve your own herbs with one of the oldest methods around: drying. Here’s a roundup of our favorite herb drying racks:


Above: The simple Wooden Herb Drying Rack from Italy is made from FSC-certified oiled beech. The trays, the middle two of which have screened surfaces, are spaced to provide ample air circulation for drying; $59.95 at Williams Sonoma. 


Above: With two magnetic cubes on each end, there is no need to drill holes or pound nails into the wall with the Wood Kitchen Herb Drying Rack from Less is More via Etsy; $39.


Above: The hanging circular metal Esschert Herb and Flower Drying Rack comes with six hooks to conveniently hang bunches of herbs or flowers; $19.95 at Williams Sonoma.



Above: The Tobacco Stick Herb Dryer is 54 inches long and comes with six hooks and twine for hanging; $65 for a set of two at Granny Janes Tin Works.  

Above:  Burgon and Ball’s Herb Drying Rack is made of hand-forged steel and powder-coated in matte black; £10.95 at Burgon and Ball in the UK. The same B&B Herb Drying Rack is available in the US for $31.25 through Amazon.

Above: Handmade in Austria, the Pinewood Herb Dryer Rack System is €118 at Manufactum.


Above: Designed for dry storage of tree fruit, the 6-Drawer Orchard Rack with slatted trays can serve double duty as an herb drying rack; $149 at Gardener’s.


Above: The traditional Shaker Herb Drying Rack is made in New Hampshire; $75 at Canterbury Shaker Village.

Above: Herb dryers can be repurposed from vintage window screens, old pot racks, or found branches adorned with hooks or twine. Here a vintage sifter crate makes an appealing Herb drying rack. Photograph via Buckets of Burlap.

Above: Vintage ladders make perfect herb dryers. Photograph by Karen Larko.

Dried herbs can also be used for a Modern Pot Pourri.