I was going to do a post about drying your own herbs. Because our winter was really mild, my oregano, thyme, and rosemary were going berserk. I thought drying my own herbs would be a great thing to do and blog about. You know, really cheap and poorganic?!
I googled how to do it.
I gathered them.
I put them in wads and rubber banded them.
I attempted to strip the dry leaves off the beastly stems. Little flecks of herbs went everywhere. I tried using a funnel. I tried crushing them. I eventually got a modicum of each herb, which may or may not have contained bits of stems.
I tasted them.
They did not really taste any better than my store-bought herbs from the bulk section of Earth Fare. My efforts cost me several hours of my life that I will never get back–not to mention a wasted “how to” blogpost.
Since I know you count on me to give you the honest down-low on what seems like a good, poorganic idea, and what is actually just a stupid waste of time, I thought I would tell you. My advice: Don’t dry your own herbs. Use them fresh or buy them dried. They aren’t that expensive.
(While we are on the subject of what not to do, some “homesteaders” show quaint, insta-gramish photos, wherein eggs that have not been pickled are stored in mason jars. That is a bad idea. Don’t put an egg in a glass jar no matter how quaint it looks on gingham! You’re welcome.)
What have you tried that turned out to be a waste of YOUR time?