One Thing that is a TOTAL Waste of Time

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.Β  I thought drying my own herbs would be a great thing to do and blog about.Β  You know, really cheap and poorganic?!

I googled how to do it.

I gathered them.

I carefully washed and trimmed them.

I put them in wads and rubber banded them.

Then I put them in paper bags. I made room for them in the laundry closet where it was dry and warm. I left them for several weeks. I unbound 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.Β  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.Β  My advice: Don’t dry your own herbs. Use them fresh or buy them dried. They aren’t that expensive. πŸ™‚

(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?



9 thoughts on “One Thing that is a TOTAL Waste of Time

    1. I have to disagree, but I LOVE making my own bread and find punching dough to be very cathartic. πŸ™‚ I’ll have to give you my crust recipe.

    1. I love making bread, but if I didn’t enjoy it, I agree, it isn’t worth it. Although, a bread maker takes a lot of the thinking out of it. πŸ™‚

  1. Katrina, I am sitting here thinking seriously? haaa I am so sorry you had such a bad experience in drying your herbs! I have never put them into bags, on a shelf, or in a closet…

    I like to spray my herbs with a hose mid-day, the day before harvesting. I hose them mid-day so they will be free of dust and dirt before picking and dry before nightfall. I pick them in the morning after the dew has dried, but before the heat of the day begins.

    I know you feel discouraged with time lost, I hope somewhere in your future you will give your beautiful herbs a second chance. We don’t buy what we can grow. I like to start suitable cuttings of rosemary with a bit of rooting hormone from my mother plant in my herb garden and keep them in a sunny location in my kitchen for fresh herbs through the winter months. I have sage, chives, parsley,rosemary, stevia, basil, cilantro, etc throughout the cold snowy months at easy reach in my kitchen. Chives are best fresh or frozen, same with cilantro.

    I dry rosemary, thyme,.peppermint, spearmint, sage, lavender, hyssop, lemon balm. I feel some herbs are just best fresh, others dry superbly… I have over 100 plants of basil started from seed waiting now to plant, in the fall I will make several batches of pesto to use throughout the year.

    We enjoy herbed vinegars and herbed olive oils. Great gifts too by the way.

    1. Dee, I totally agree with you about fresh and I am still using pesto from last fall’s basil. I will not give up on fresh, but I don’t know that I will bother with drying again. Actually, I want to say that I think I tried a method once where you microwaved them to dehydrate them quickly and if I did anything again, it would be that. OR, even better, I might solicit my friend Dee to send me a little packet of herbs in the mail when I run out. πŸ˜‰ Where do you keep them while they are drying though? It is so humid here, they would quickly mildew or mold in most locations in my house.

  2. hahahhaha I love reading your blog just because of posts like this. Thank you for being real.

  3. i’ve only tried drying rosemary. left it on the counter for a few days (yes, even here in the humidity, the AC keeps the house dry enough, i guess) then stripped in into the coffee grinder and BAM it was done. but i imagine it’s one of the easier plants to strip w/out getting too much stem… that was easy enough i wouldn’t mind trying other herbs also, but don’t know when i’ll get around to it.

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