Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Drying Herbs

Out in my herb garden, I was able to harvest parsley, rosemary, and sage.



I stripped the leaves off of the stems (laborious) and laid them on newspaper in the window of my guest room.  After a few weeks this is what they looked like. . .

I threw the dried leaves into the food processor and 30 seconds later I had enough "spice mix" to fill 4 cute jars.

My herbs are still producing, so I think I'll have enough to make 4 more.  With a cute sticker, this will make a nice addition to a gift basket.

Speaking of gift baskets. . . I'm preparing one for my 100 follower give-away.  As soon as my
 little "thing-a-mabob on the side bar shows 100 followers, I'll do a drawing for a wonderful Tidy Brown Wren gift basket.  Hmm. . . I wonder how long it will take me to get to 100? 

3 comments:

  1. I LOVE those spice bottles - where did you get them?

    Not that I actually have any herbs to dry and put in them...LOL There is always next year though.

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  2. I got them at Michaels a few months ago. They had larger ones too. I'm guessing that they hold about 1/8 of a cup.

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  3. When drying herbs you should do it out of the light so the green color is preserved not faded which keeps the best flavor. And to save youeself some time, dry them ON the stem then strip them once they are dry. You will also know that they are fully dry that way because if they do not crumble in your fingers you will have mold when you store them. Also FYI powdered herbs have a shorter shelf life then if you crumble them by hand (a food processer can take 6 months off the shelf life.)

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