Dried herbs and Christmas dinner
On a whim, I decided to air-dry some herbs this past summer.
After leaving the plants on the drying racks for a few weeks, I loosely
packed the dried leaves into jelly jars, only adding a lid recently
since I was initially afraid that our high humidity would prompt the
supposedly dried herbs to mold. While I was putting on lids, I crinkled
each herb between my fingers and did a sniff test, deciding that the
basil smelled just like summer, the oregano smelled just like the plants
it came from (but not very much like store-bought dried oregano --- I
really need to find a more intense-flavored variety), and that the
chives and Egyptian onions weren't worth saving. Two successes out of
four isn't bad for a first shot!
Then, in a Christmas relaxation of our low-wheat menu, I added the dried basil and oregano into the sausage
and sauce for a holiday pizza. Delicious! I'm going to have to remember
to dry more herbs in this ultra-easy manner next summer. And probably
to plant some more fennel too since the seeds we harvested in 2011 are
finally running low....
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