Friday, May 15, 2015

Playing with Herbs!!!

I love growing fresh herbs and more often than not,
I have what I need growing in my herb garden.

I view sage as a winter herb, one for cold weather dishes. 
I don't use it very often, 
so I just buy it fresh when I need it.

The bunches of sage from the supermarket are always huge 
and I don't use that much,
so I decided to dry it, rather than throw it away.

It's super simple...


Wash and dry it well,

 tie with string...

slice up a brown bag,

 in it goes...more string,

I hung it from a kitchen cabinet door for 2 weeks,

and it came out looking perfect!!

And I just happen to have the perfect little jar to store it in...
could it be any cuter??

I also always have an abundance of basil,
that can be easily dried as well.
Washed and dried thoroughly, 
I just leave mine out on a cookie sheet,
until it gets all wrinkled and dry.

Here's the same pan a few weeks later.
It's so easy and I always feel a bit more like a "farmer"
when I grow my own!

27 comments:

  1. Very producing and good at using exttra grown produce

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  2. Herbs is fantastic!
    And to make your own herbs is so fun.

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  3. Aren't YOU the clever farmer, Miz Purple?! That sage in the bag thing is a neat trick.
    HAPPY Friday, dear!
    :) m & jb

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  4. Great idea and all ready for winter!

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  5. i use basil a lot but buy mine already minced. *sigh* i bet yours is tons better for flavor!

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  6. I like this idea! I've always used a dehydrator, but the sheet pan sure looks easy! Because it's so dry here in the winter, I pull up an entire cayenne plant and hang it in the corner. In a few weeks, every pepper on it is dry and ready to store. Don't you just love herbs! I haven't yet planted mine for this year, but will the first of June.

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  7. Well, clever you! That's a cute little jar for sure.

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  8. You made me thinking about Scarborough Fair.

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  9. Good for you with your neat idea!! Sometimes I like dried even better than fresh. This year I'm sharing my herbs with my son so I won't get overloaded.

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  10. Debbie this is so cool, a perfect idea. I'm going to share this with my daughter and son-in-law they're big herb farmers and they'll love this.

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  11. Excellent advice for drying herbs!

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  12. I bet it makes for a delightful fragrance in the process as well.

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  13. I always grow/dry herbs in the summer. Such an easy way to add flavor in the kitchen. I planted basil and rosemary this past weekend.

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  14. I love your picture tutorial on drying the herbs; awesome! I must try it~
    Hugs!!

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  15. That's a cute little herb jar for sure. This makes my second year planting herbs, basil & for some reason I bought peppermint don't ask me why I guess cause it smelt good. Thanks for the couple of good tips. Your a great farmer & teacher too.

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    1. P.S. i guess i need to start reading the comments before i post. I started off sounding like montanagirl's comment. Lol

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    2. just say what comes to mind, i find a lot of peeps are thinking the same thing!!! if you read the other comments, you will be here too long!!! i never read the comments when i visit a blog. i just write what comes to mind and never worry if it will be similar to what someone else wrote. the comments i receive, well i read them many times, because i they lift my spirits and guide me as well. i get a real feel for what my readers enjoy and i try to keep my entries versatile!!

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  16. Hello Debbie, thanks for the tips. And I like the cute jar too. Awesome post!

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  17. I have a bunch of basil that I was wondering what to do with. This is great! Thanks so much!

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  18. neat ideas , I didn't know you could dry them in a bag like that

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  19. Great ideas here. I'll give the basil a try as I can't keep it all year here. Sage on the other hand is rampant and I only use about 4 leaves a year!

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  20. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Such a lovely thing to use home grown herbs. They have such pretty tiny flowers afterwards too. A beaut post :D)

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