Harvesting and Drying Herbs

I have a huge crop of tarragon, thyme, thai basil, lemon basil, and flat leaf parsley in my garden.

We just had our first frost, so I'm ready to bring everything inside to dry.

What are your favorite methods for drying and storing large amounts of home-grown herbs?

I do not own a dehydrator, but have convection, conventional, and microwave ovens...and a kitchen with a lot of windows.

I have successfully dried small batches on paper towel out on the counter, but I'm worried about mold, etc. with such a large crop.


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