Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Drying Thyme

13 comments:

Rosebud said...

It looks beautiful! Do I have that? Is it just like a weed?

Ana said...

Rosebud ... I'm not sure if you have this. ;) But Thyme is not a weed. It's an herb. It is GREAT for cooking with (which is why we dry it) but it has some medicinal uses as well.

Caroline said...

I've never dried any of the herbs I've grown, instead I just used them fresh cut. I'll have to try this! It looks so homey to have herbs hanging. :)

Jason A. Hunsicker said...

Wow, this is so cool!

Ana said...

Caroline~
We use them fresh too, but there was SO much, as you can see, that we knew it would grow back more leaves we could use, so we just cut it. And we have at least one or two other plants of Thyme that we didn't cut.

Ana said...

Caroline~
We use them fresh too, but there was SO much, as you can see, that we knew it would grow back more leaves we could use, so we just cut it. And we have at least one or two other plants of Thyme that we didn't cut.

Anderson family said...

That is too cool, Ana!! :)

BGA

Ashleigh (Heart and Home) said...

So pretty! All of you people and your green thumbs completely inspire me and my plant killer ways. :)

Rosebud said...

Thank you, Ana. :-) It looks a lot like a weed we have, and I didn't know if it ever grew like a weed in places. I will have to look into getting some.

Do you think I could dry my oregano like you dry your thyme?

BTW, I sent you an email--did you get it?

Ana said...

Rosebud~
I think you could dry your oregano like I'm drying thyme. Although, if you have a dryer it is faster. But either way, in the end, once they're dry, keep only the leaves, not the stems and keep them in air-tight-ish containers.

And yes, I got your e-mail. I'm in the process of answering a number of e-mails that have been waiting for me.

savvy mummy said...

Hi Anna, stumbled upon your beautiful blog when googling 'drying thyme'..I have a 30cm pot of thyme too...been around for a year and doing very very well...every time i cut it back, it just come back...I wonder if I can dry it in an oven by removing the leaves and then storing them? I dont have space to hang them prettily as you do. Can you advise?


Your words in the intro of your blog is very touching..I am also a child of the Almighty God..thanks for your encouraging words. :)

Ana said...

savvy mummy~
You most certainly may dry them in a low temperature oven (no higher then 145 degrees. You don't want them to fry or burn. :)) but I might dry them and then take the leaves off the stems, it might be easier since after they are dried you can just rub them (stems and leaves) between your palms and they should separate. Then store them in an air-tight container in a dry place ... you could also freeze them to keep them. That's just my opinion, if you think it would work better the other way give it a shot!

If your oven does not go lower then 145 degrees try laying them flat on a cooling rack, turning them or moving them around occasionally to increase air circulation, but this route may take several days.

Thanks for the lovely comment. And yes, my thyme always comes back rather abundantly when I cut it as well! By the way, it's always fun to meet new "sisters" Christ!

Savvy Mummy said...

Hi Ana, thanks for replying regarding drying thyme! I decided to hang it in my kitchen where it dries naturally after reading what you have said. :)