Herbs in Winter

Today is a very bleak, snowy and cold day on the homestead.

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a cold, snowy day

In effort to stay positive (some of you may know I’m not fond of winter) I ventured into our pantry and started playing with some herbs that I grew and dehydrated last summer.

First I pulled my jar of peppermint tea off the shelf, Mojito or Candy Lime mint, can’t remember now which one, it’s a nice peppermint with good lime flavor. It’s awesome to think a few short months ago this green stuff was happily growing in the sunshine…and, I should remind myself, it will again, grow that is, in a few short months.

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my favorite peppermint brew

Once the tea was brewed and left to cool a bit, I found my wonderful recipe for Herbal Salt. It is a mixture of several herbs that, when combined tastes really good over omelets, scrambled eggs or rice. I do want to mention that I use this in addition to good sea salt, this in no way replaces man’s need for real salt, but is a great way to add flavor to your food.

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part of the herb collection

This morning I combined parsley, basil, marjoram, thyme, chives and rosemary. All these herbs grew in my garden last summer and throughout the summer I snipped and trimmed the plants and dehydrated the fresh trimmings until I had enough to last me throughout the winter.

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pretty assortment of dried herbs

The best way to grind them fine is to put them all in an old coffee grinder. I do have an old fashioned mortar and pestle, but the amount of energy necessary to create a fine powder by using these tools is crazy, or maybe my technique is lacking, in any case, you can use whatever you prefer, for me it’s the old coffee grinder.

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the “just for show” mortar and pestle

Once the herbs had a powdery consistency I added paprika, onion, garlic and a bit of cayenne, and the mix was done. Just bottle it up and sprinkle away.

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herbal salt ready to flavor winter dishes

If you feel inspired to try this, here are the measurements I used:

  • 3 T parsley
  • 3 T basil
  • 3 T marjoram
  • 3 T thyme
  • 4 t chives
  • 2 1/2 t rosemary
  • 2 t paprika
  • 2 t onion powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • dash cayenne

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Hi Lydia nice to read. I am alone very cold but sunny outside. I prefere to stay at home. Love to ou all

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