I stripped off the not-so-nice leaves and hung the three dozen stalks in bundles to dry.
The leaves and flowers dry to a crisp texture within a few days. Then I strip the stems and store the dried leaves and flowers in a glass jar. Goldenrod tea makes a wonderfully satisfying drink. I am hoping to continue the goldenrod harvest for a while since I would love to have enough for a daily cup of tea through next September.