December 29, 2012

Dried Herbs

This will not be very exciting to some, but I am so pleased with myself I had to share. We inherited an awesome perennial herb garden when we bought our house a few years ago and every summer I really enjoy snipping as much rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, sage, and lavender as I want whenever I want, plus basil, parsley, and cilantro that I plant each year. This fall for the first time I dried some herbs to use all winter. I cut a few stems of each, cleaned them off as needed, tied them in bundles of 4 - 6 stems and hung them upside down from a hanger in a closet that doesn't get a lot of traffic to dry out. They hung there about two months before I took them down. They were perfectly dried out but I think I could have hung them for less time to dry them. I crumbled each bunch -- the stems didn't crumble as easily so they naturally separated from the leaves as I crumbled-- and put each into a spice jar. Next year I will have to dry a lot more since I've already used up some of these. They also look so pretty and neat in their little clear labeled jars.

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