|Fresh Thyme drying in the kitchen.|
Just a quickie today but I felt after such a long absence I should post something and I haven't had time to do the cooking I wanted so today it's quite simply how I dry my herbs!!
I have tried in the past stringing them up in the rafters of the shed but this never worked very well as they would get knocked about by peoples heads and if we had a few damp days then drying just didn't occur and in the end I would end up with herbs going black and becoming unusable.
So now I just cut some off....bind round the stems with string and hang under a shelf in the kitchen. The kitchen has a lovely aroma whilst they are drying and they are always on hand when i want them for my cooking.
I have fresh herb patches both in the garden at home and also at the allotment but with the rains we have been having lately I decided to get some cut and indoors rather than getting a soaking...however i only normally dry them over the winter period when I know growth is going to die back until the following spring.
I also dry my chillis just like this but actually thread their stems onto a piece of cotton using a needle.
Not as tasty as fresh cut herbs but so much nicer than those bought in a jar in the shops...and a lot cheaper too!!
I didn't do a forecast this past week but to be honest there wasn't much to write...RAIN about sums it up for us and we have flood warnings EVERYWHERE in our County...this is certainly the wettest drought I have ever encountered...they keep telling us that the hosepipe ban is still enforced...but seriously who is going to be outside using one anyway!!