As I mentioned before, my herbs will not quit this summer. Thankfully, fresh herbs are delicious and I have been cooking with them. Also, fresh herbs are seriously easy to preserve. You can freeze them or dry them. Drying can be accomplished several ways. One way uses an oven, as described by the Idiot’s Guide website According to the King Arthur Flour people you can get excellent results with a microwave. I may try that some time. However, Mr. Food It Yourself and I decided to try this method, which we first witnessed on the cooking show Good Eats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLCmxKs4oXU. If you type “box fan dehydrator” onto you’ll favorite web search engine you’ll find plenty of people demonstrating how to make and use one of these.
First, I had to decide which herb to start with. Since I only use mint in the dried form for tea I decided to start there. To the garden!
It took a good 2 days but I got the leaves nice and crispy and dry. I packed the leaves into unoccupied canning jars, which will live in the cabinet all winter. You really do need to store your dry herbs in a dark place. Light can break down the essential oils that give them their flavor. Finally, I had to have a taste.
It’s really good! I’m glad I remembered the spearmint. It’s taste kept the “grassy” flavor down a little. I will have to make sure I keep at least one jar around until Christmas- with just a touch of sugar it tastes like drinking a candy cane. Got some herbs in your garden that have gotten huge? Did you buy more of a fresh herb than you can use? You can always dry it for later. Give it a try!