Monday, August 7, 2017

Fresh Dried Herbs Make Any Dish Brainy!

Long time readers know that my favorite herbs are: rosemary, mint and oregano. Its the blended taste of savory and sweet that is beyond delicious. These herbs are very easy to grow. And because I grow them myself, I have quality assurance. 

Yes, herbs are relatively hardy and easy to grow and you don't need acres. You can grow them in pots on your deck/patio or in your kitchen window. Just clip fresh (don't wash), lay them on a perforated pizza pan and within 24-48 hours, they are dry. 

The temperature of the oven should be around 80 degrees, a good temperature for slow drying the delicate leaves of mint and oregano. As for the rosemary, a bit higher temp of 100 is preferred giving the sprigs between 48-72 hours. There is no point to pick a lot unless you have a lot to harvest. I pick and dry as I need. Its simple, its fresh, fast and frugal!

In a variety of combinations (a pinch more or this or that one), these herbs are great for any meat, fish, vegetable or pasta dish. And, best of all, Rosemary especially is known for its potential health benefits... it's an aromatherapy for the brain!

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment, to make bodily perfumes, and for its potential health benefits.

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