As we approach the end of summer, chances are you have an garden that is abundant in fresh herbs, like rosemary, you don’t know what to do with. Preserving herbs is one of my favorite things to do. It is such a simple way to carry the abundance and flavor of summer in to the whole year.
How to use garden herbs
Today I am going to share with you how to make your own dried rosemary seasoning. With just a little time and a bundle of fresh rosemary, you can make your own rosemary herb seasoning to use this fall and winter when fresh rosemary isn’t so abundant.
If you have an abundance of garden rosemary, you will also love my recipe for rosemary infused vinegar cleaner!
How to use dried rosemary
Rosemary is perfect for chicken, soups, and roasts. One of my favorite meals is rosemary chicken, coconut aminos, garlic, a little salt, chicken, and rosemary cooked on the grill or in the oven.
You can also use your dried rosemary as a tea. Rosemary tea can help relieve pain from heartburn and intestinal gas. A study in 2009 also found that rosemary can help relieve anxiety and stress. Simply make a cup of rosemary tea using a tablespoon of your dried herb, add some honey, and while it is cooling inhale the steam.
How to dry rosemary
I thoroughly enjoy drying the traditional way, which is bundling the herbs and hanging them upside down to dry. There is something about little bundles of herbs hanging in the kitchen that adds to the homestead, homemade vibe I am going for.
If you are impatient, you can also use a dehydrator or an oven simply put your herbs on a cookie sheet after washing them. Turn the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes or until the herbs are dry. My only hesitation about heat drying herbs, is (my opinion) that they may lose some of their medicinal properties.
Dried rosemary seasoning
My recipe is going to assume that you have the patience to wait for hand dried herbs.
When you are ready, gather your rosemary from your garden and get ready to bundle. Bundling is simple, lay all of the stems in the same direction and gently tie with a piece of twine or string. Be sure to tie the string tight. As the herb dry, they lose a little bit of volume and the bundle will become smaller in circumference.