Saturday, June 25, 2011

Drying Herbs - Thyme

Search for food dehydrator

There are a couple different ways to dry herbs but today we will be talking about using a food dehydrator, which in my opinion is the easiest and most successful way.
The manufacturer recommends taking the herb directly from the garden, shaking or brushing any dirt off & dehydrating immediately.  However, I find that with my sandy soil there always seems to be some grit left after dehydrating.  Therefore, I always rinse the herb off (in this case Thyme) and then pat it  dry on a papertowel before using the dehydrator.  There is nothing worse than biting down on a grain of sand.
Once it is dry (follow the manufacturer's instructions on heat setting and time), you will take each stalk, pinch it and in a downward motion go all the way down the stalk to remove the little Thyme leaves. 
Warning: this is very time consuming and somewhat of a pain.  However, most recipes that call for Thyme use a very small quantity - so a little really will go a long way.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please feel free to leave comments or questions (no question is ever stupid) - They will show up on the blog once I have read through them.
Thank You.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...