Herb Drying

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I have finally finished my little experiment on the herb drying methods.

I dried them via microwave for two minutes, toaster oven for 20 minutes, convention oven for 20 minutes and hung on the ceiling for seven days.
While the hung herb is being dried naturally, I also left the other herb from the microwave and ovens continued to air dry at the same time.
Today when I did the final comparison, I found that the traditional way of hang drying is more gentle and natural, the slow drying method also seems to preserve the fragrance better in my opinion, not to mention I love seeing the herb hanging in the kitchen… very soothing to my eyes. The oven dried herbs appeared darker in color, probably due to the concentrating heat.
When I stripped the rosemary off the branches and into the jar, I decided to ditch the microwaved ones as I felt that method has literally zapped the life out of the herb. It looks the greenest but the fragrance is not as strong.

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From the left – naturally dried, conventional dried, toaster oven dried and microwave dried.

 

Conclusion – I will be drying my herb the naturally way.

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Herb Beauty

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Ever since I have visited the Huntington Library’s herb garden, I have always dreamed of having one in my little side yard. Herbs are so beautiful and practical, not to mention the aroma and the healing benefit they provide. But since I am neither a chef nor a gardener, that dream may take years to realize.

My friend  gave me some rosemary and mint twigs this afternoon. After hubby replanted some (there were a lot due to the recent rain) I have decided to play with drying the rest of the rosemary myself. I couldn’t believe how many YouTube how-to’s out there on the drying topic. After watching about three short videos I decided to run a little experiment myself – with microwave drying, toaster oven drying, convention oven drying and the traditional way of drying by hanging up the twigs.
When the experiment is concluded I will write another post on my preference of the drying method. Until then here is the little mint bouquet I made for you to enjoy! It smells so good and I can pick them to put in my tea whenever I want.

The little herb garden may happen after all, with hubby’s help and with these two starter plants. I am grateful and excited!

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.  ~ Genesis 1:11

 

 

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