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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Preserving a Bit of Summer

Jack Frost will be nipping at our noses before we know it. I don't want him ruining my herbs, so I snipped the last of my sage, italian oregano, rosemary and lemon thyme. And I cut one of my sunflowers! It's time to dry them out for winter. Earlier this summer I shared how to dry herbs by tieing them up in a bunch, putting them in a paper bag with holes in it, and hanging them. It worked very well. Last month I took the bags down and stripped the stems of their leaves, placing the herbs in some nice spice jars I found at Fred Meyer. With this batch I'm trying a little different method. I washed them and patted them dry with a paper towel, then spread them on a plate. I've tucked them away into a cupboard that I never use, so it should be plenty dark and dry in there. I'lll let the sunflower dry for a few days, then remove the seeds and bake them in the oven with a little salt. Preserving herbs is so much fun, and they are so much tastier than the store-bought ones.

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