One of my favourite entries in the book Put ’em Up is the entry on drying herbs. It is admittedly the easiest process in the book. Cut the herbs, tie them with a string, hang them in a dry place. You’re done.
I was not unfamiliar with this radical preserving method, but the entry, combined with the massive amounts of herbs I have not been harvesting from my garden, made me think it’s time to put it into action.
Where to dry them? The book suggests the attic is a good, dry space, but mine is not. It’s cold but rather humid. So I put them in the back window of my house, which is probably pretty dry. When they’re totally dry, I’ll crush them, bag them, and freeze them. Herbs all winter!
Now, if I choose to anthropomorphize these herbs, it would seem that this is inhuman treatment. They are hanging in view of the place from which they came. You can just barely see the remnants of the herb garden at the bottom left of this picture (still nice and green, thanks to the hardiness of herbs and abundance of chives).
I missed the boat on the basil. It was big and full, but began to wilt and brown before I could harvest them. Next year I won’t make the same mistake; I’ll harvest all summer.
As you can see, I need more recipes for sage…