Change of Seasoning 2- A Dry Topic

A few weeks ago I harvested all the remaining herbs from the Food It Yourself Garden.  I hung them in bundles inside paper bags. Then I waited. Finally, the leaves were dry and crisp. Today I gathered up some clean, dry quart jars and finished the job of saving summer’s deliciousness.

So glad I used elastic bands to keep my bundles together. For right now, I want all my different herbs separate.

So glad I used elastic bands to keep my bundles together. For right now, I want all my different herbs separate.

 

The dry parsley leaves were easy to crush and separate from the stems.

The dry parsley leaves were easy to crush and separate from the stems.

 

I crumbled the leaves into a wide bowl with a lip. The lip made it easier to transfer the leaves to jars. I cannot stress enough the importance of using jars that are both very clean and very dry.

I crumbled the leaves into a wide bowl with a lip. The lip made it easier to transfer the leaves to jars. I cannot stress enough the importance of using jars that are both very clean and very dry.

 

 

Two jars of sage, two of parsley. one of oregano, one of rosemary and half a jar of thyme. And my hands smell amazing, even though I've washed them a few times.

Two jars of sage, two of parsley. one of oregano, one of rosemary and half a jar of thyme. And my hands smell amazing, even though I’ve washed them a few times.

It took a long time to make it through all the stems- about 2 and a half hours, in fact. Then I had to vacuum my kitchen because the floor was strewn with leaves and twigs. However, I now have plenty of dry herbs to use until I have fresh ones available again. Also, I’m planning to make some herb season mixes for Winter Holiday gift giving. (I have to call it that at work…sorry.)

I’ll pick up any seasonings I didn’t grow, like mustard, garlic powder or black pepper at my favorite local South Asian market.

One of the best things about growing stuff is sharing it. Herb are easy to grow, easy to preserve, and easy to share.  If you have never grown anything edible before herbs are a good place to start. Give it a try!

What garden goodies are you squirreling away for the winter? Share in the comments.

BONUS FEATURE!

Remember how I planted saffron crocuses? It escalated quickly.

One of the two crocuses that bloomed already. Seriously, it bloomed after there had been two good frosts. I was amazed.

One of the two crocuses that bloomed already. Seriously, it bloomed after there had been two good frosts. I was amazed.

I now have exactly 6 saffron anthers. I can't even describe how they smell.

I now have exactly 6 saffron anthers. I can’t even describe how they smell.