Yesterday I shared how we have pulled the last of our garden items and how we have slipped into garden hibernation mode until the spring. But before Central Ohio retreats into winter, I pulled some herbs to dry for use this winter.
Fresh dried herbs are great for your own personal use, but can also be used for holiday gifts. So if you have herbs like rosemary, thyme, lavender, sage and the like growing in your yard, you already have the components of a great holiday gift.
Here's the tip for this week's Tuesday's Tip:
Cut your herbs and rinse well.
Allow to air dry on some clean towels. For heartier herbs like thyme, you can simply allow the herbs to dry naturally in your kitchen, in a bowl. Once dry, remove the leaves from the stems. This can be done easily by running your fingers down each stem, over a bowl, so the bowl collects the leaves.
Alternatively, you can allow whole stems of an herb to dry and then place it in a bottle with vinegar or oil and other herbs to make either a flavored vinegar or oil.
Herbs like parsley, basil and mint can be dried too, but since their stems are not as hearty or dense, you can take the whole stem and crumble into ground dried herbs.
So get creative and make some homemade herbs for your kitchen or share with someone for the holidays!