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?