Rubbed Sage

Rubbed Sage

Making rubbed sage transforms this herb into a light, fluffy powder used in many Italian and Greek dishes as well as traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.

1. Dry the Sage

Tie the ends of your sage sprigs together so that the leaves get plenty of airflow. Hang the bundle upside-down in a dry place for four to six weeks until the leaves become crispy. If this is in a dusty place, tie a paper bag over the bundle. (To speed up this process, you can dry your sage in a dehydrator or in the oven.)

2. Rub the Leaves into Powder

Pluck the leaves off the stems and rub the leaves between your hands until they become a fine powder. You can shake the powder through a colander or fine-mesh strainer to remove any pieces of stem.

3. Store the Sage Powder

Rubbed sage can be stored for up to one year in a glass or metal jar with a tight lid. After a year, the powder starts to lose its flavor.