Years ago, our youngest was listening to a librarian read a story during children’s time. I was wondering around, just enjoying my “alone” time. I came across this half cut view of an ant hill. Like a doll house only it was an ant hill? It was amazingly detailed work and while hilarious, funny thing, I remember much about it 28 years later.
There were little ants gathering wood, packing in food, making miniature beds with micro mini pillows, the tiniest washer and dryer with stacks of clean laundry (haha, still makes me giggle) and the smallest jars I ever did see…..filled with all sorts of food storage for the winter. There was a string, strung across a keeping room with all sorts of herbs drying.
The hanging sign was a warning: Winter’s Coming! Be prepared. Only the foolish folks and apparently ants, would not prepare for the cold, dark months ahead.
My herb garden is overflowing and full and ripe for the pickin’. I am mighty grateful for the bountiful harvest. I want to capture it and savor it all winter long. I want to feed my family and offer rich, deep flavors all through the dark months ahead.
Today, is day 3 of drying herbs.
Two days ago, I filled the dehydrator with parsley. I mean filled to overflowing. I ended up with one 6 inch spice jar.
Yesterday, I filled to overflowing the dehydrator with Sage. Once dry, its yield was one 6 inch spice jar.
I am guessing today’s Rosemary yield will be similar.
I plan on keeping this process up for another couple weeks. Pick, wash, dehydrate, store, repeat.
Oh, the aroma in our home is out of this world amazing. So rich, earthy, deep it makes me want to bake, cook, roast …….I think this is what kitchens are supposed to smell like.
Here’s how I go about it:
I pick the herbs in the early morning. I wash well and remove stems. Load up the dehydrator and turn it on. 3 -6 hours later, I remove, crush or rub onto a piece of wax paper and then scoop up and place in a jar. I share or store.
Something tells me, on a dreary, cold, uninspired late day in January, I will be thrilled to add some of my own herbs to a warm pot of soup. Or will be tickled to smell these wonderful herbs releasing their aroma in some of my home-made tomato sauce.
In this together, friends.
Here’s to our health and wellness this winter!