How to Dry Thyme: Preserving Flavor and Nutrients

– This article explains how to dry thyme at home for use in recipes.
– Thyme is a perennial plant that dies in colder climates.
– Drying thyme is a great way to have access to the herb all year round and prevent food waste.
– There are two methods of drying herbs: air drying and oven drying.
– To air dry, gather the thyme into a bundle and tie it with kitchen twine. Hang the bundle in a cool, dry place with airflow.
– Drying time can take anywhere from 3 days to unknown amount of time depending on the method used. The article provides instructions on how to dry thyme. It states that it takes approximately 2 weeks for thyme to fully dry, depending on the moisture level in the house and the size of the herb bundle. The thyme should be checked daily during the drying process. When fully dry, the thyme should fall off the stem and crumble between your fingers. The dried thyme should be removed from the hook, the leaves stripped from the stems, and stored in a glass jar.
– Alternatively, the article suggests oven drying thyme. The oven should be set to the lowest temperature, and the thyme spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The oven door should be left slightly ajar while the herbs dry. The thyme should be checked every 15 minutes until it crumbles, and the drying process should take approximately 1 hour. The leaves should then be stripped from the stems and stored in a glass jar.
– The article also provides storage tips for dried herbs, stating that they can last for at least a year when stored in a cool, dry place in a glass container. It is recommended to label the jar with the herb and date of drying. If the thyme no longer has an odor, it is time for a new batch.
– The article briefly mentions ways to use dried thyme in various recipes such as roast chicken, soups, dressings, and pasta sauces.
– No special equipment is needed to dry herbs at home.
– Thyme should be harvested before it starts to flower, when the sprigs are at least 4 inches long.
– Harvest fresh thyme in the morning after the dew has dried but before it gets too warm outside.
– Rinse and pat the thyme dry before drying.

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