Fresh herbs are available in bunches during spring and summer. As with other seasonal products it is by times difficult to consume everything before they are past their best. Drying herbs is a straightforward and quick process and you can preserve your fresh herbs for later use.
Collect any fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, chives, mint before the plant begins to flower. Collect the leaves and with the help of your microwave or, a pestle and mortar, you can make your own dried herbs which can be stored and used to flavour your dishes during winter.
The most important thing to remember during this process is to not take shortcuts. It is a very quick recipe, and some ask us if they can simply place the herbs in the microwave for 5 straight minutes instead of checking the herbs at intervals. The reason for the intervals is to ensure the herbs do not burn and to mix the leaves and see if the moisture has evaporated. Each plant is different, and regions and climates will also impact on the length of the process.
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Homemade fresh mint powder
- 200 gr fresh mint leaves
- Place the fresh mint leaves on a plate.
- Program the microwave to medium power. Place the mint in the microwave and cook for 45 seconds.
- Then mix the leaves and cook again for 30 seconds. Repeat the 30 seconds cook and check each time until the moisture has completely evaporated from the leaves. The mint needs to be crisp and dry.
- Place the dried mint into a grinder and blend to powder. Store the mint powder in a tight container.