Herbs in Winter

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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





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

    Sent from my iPad


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