Easy recipe for drying basil – use the microwave

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Summer is coming to an end and it’s time to pick all that basil. Don’t forget or you might find all the leaves fallen off. And thanks to some friends and HomeGrown.org for this easy recipe – drying basil in the microwave:

  • Wash and dry basil 다운로드.
  • Place leaves on a paper towel in microwave and cover with another paper towel.
  • Let the microwave run for 30 seconds. Turn leaves over and run for another 30 seconds 다운로드.
  • Repeat as necessary (can take 1.5 minutes).
  • Before storing (whole or crushed), make sure all moisture is gone (option: place in plastic wrap overnight to get rid of moisture) 다운로드.

 

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Tea Time: white tea, chamomile, and harvesting garden mint

As the weather gets colder and I wrap myself up in warm sweaters and soft blankets, my tea obsession comes out. It starts with simple drinks of steaming hot water 다운로드. Then I crave something more and from there I quickly amass jars of herbs, spices, and teas.

My three favorites are chamomile, white tea, and mint Charles download.

It’s always a little hard to procure these items “loose-leaf” and fresh. Every store sells them in large teabags of super low quality, which is lot like bringing a hammer to a knitting party 다운로드.

I prefer to control my flavor with just a few leaves and this means I often go herb hunting. This year I’ve been to three stores and none match the apothecary quality I’m looking for 다운로드.

It’s sad that these stores are absent from our commercial scene. Their new residence is the dusty upper shelf of crappy supermarkets.

I hope to eventually acquire some decent white tea and chamomile, but the mint will be coming from the garden 워킹데드 시즌8 9화 다운로드. Since this is my first time harvesting mint I looked up some mint-harvesting guidelines:

  • The better tasting leaves are the younger ones, near the growing tips 다운로드. The bigger, and much darker leaves near the middle or bottom of the stalk are bitter and tasteless.
  • I always remove all the stem and just use the leaves in my teas d3dx9_39.dll download.
  • I wait until my mint is 8-10 inches tall and cut it back to 2-3 inches tall to help it branch and regrow shrubbier.

The biggest question here is: what variety of mint are you growing 에베레스트 영화 다운로드?

When herb gardening really took off back in the ’70’s, everybody & his brother started growing & hybridizing them. One of the easiest was the mint family 다운로드. Thus, there are so many “mutt” mints out there today that it’s hard to throw a stick without hitting one. In fact, for the past 11 years I’ve been marginally successfully rooting out some sort of “mutt” mint that the original homeowner planted around the house 다운로드. What a nightmare!!

Although I harvest and dry small amounts of mint throughout the summer, I do my main harvest when the first blossom bud appears. At that point, I cut the whole bed, leaving an inch or two on most stalks. It grows back quickly, and I get a second crop by the end of summer.

 

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