My granny at the local store.
My great grandmother grew sage in her yard and would pick and dry then save a bunch for my Mom to come and get to use for our Thanksgiving dressing. All I know is she would dry it on newspapers in her attic. When she passed away, our Thanksgiving dressing never tasted the same.
Fast forward to today when I went to the garden to pick TONS of sage to dry myself and save for Thanksgiving. I sat on a stool picking the larger leaves off each large bush. I ended up with a small pail full and decided I would try to make the rubbed sage two different ways to find out which way was the best.
The first batch, I grouped together about 24 sage leaves and using a rubber band I wrapped each bunch by the stem end. You should hang each bunch in an area with no direct sunlight and with adequate ventilation. I chose the area above my kitchen sink.
I took some twine and clothes pins to hang each bunch. Look, decor!
Like I mentioned above, the second method I used was drying the sage leaves on a newspaper in a single layer. Since I dont go to our attic, I place the newspapers and sage on top of our bookcases.
When the sage is dried out, I will continue on the next step (rubbed sage!) and post about that in the future.