by Texas Homesteader ~
I’ve discovered my favorite herb to cook with is Thyme. It’s so versatile and it adds a delicious flavor to so many different dishes. And the price of growing fresh thyme in your garden is so much less than buying it – plus it’s much fresher!
Growing Fresh Herbs: Thyme
I planted Thyme in my edible landscape several years ago.
They grew into tiny bushes and I cook with fresh thyme often.
What Food Does Thyme Pair Well With?
Thyme is a great herb to season many types of foods, such as potatoes, carrots, stews, chicken, venison and more.
I like to use thyme as a fragrant seasoning when I make:
Buying A Living Thyme Plant Instead
Several years ago the drought took my thyme plants. So reluctantly I decided to buy jars of thyme for awhile instead of replacing those plants.
I was absolutely shocked when I saw the price of thyme in the stores. Although you can buy a large container of cinnamon for .99 or less, thyme was closer to $4 if it could even be found in our smaller rural stores!
Buying A Live Thyme Plant Instead Of Dried Herb
I came across a small thyme plant at the end of the season at a big-box store that they were trying to get rid of. I planted the thyme and it grew well. Finally came the time to harvest and preserve some of that fresh thyme.
Harvesting Fresh Garden Thyme
I took out the kitchen shears and lopped off the stems leaving about 1/2 the height of the plant.
I brought the stems in and after a quick rinse I spread the stems on a platter on my kitchen counter.
Each day I fluffed the stems to ensure even drying. When they were fully dried I took each of the stems and rolled them between my hands.
The leaves fell into the bowl below leaving only the tougher stems in my hands, which went into my compost bucket.
That dried home-grown thyme was then placed in a labeled glass herb jar. Once again I was able to use this thyme in my cooking.
And my dried thyme was much fresher than an expensive purchased jar of thyme that had languished on the store shelves for who knows how long.
It’s very true that the fresher your dried herbs are, the more flavorful they are and the better the taste imparted to your recipe.
Even Easier Herb Drying
Oftentimes I’ll use the even LAZIER cook’s Herb-Drying Option. I’ll harvest bundles of my favorite herbs toward the end of the season. I always have thyme of course, but also oregano, sage and basil. They’re the herbs I use most often in my cooking.
I give them a quick rinse and shake most of the water off of them. Then I spread the bundles lightly on kitchen towels and allow them to air dry a bit.
Finally I’ll bundle them up again and with cotton string (ie: the string leftover from our bags of feed) I’ll tie them up on the hooks RancherMan’s installed for me in my kitchen.
There they’ll stay for the rest of the season. I could strip the dry leaves and put them into small jars for use. But I really like the way they look hanging here. And I’m using them pretty much every day.
So most times I just leave them hanging here until it’s time to harvest another bundle. Decorative functionality, y’all!
With my shock over the price of dried herbs purchased in the stores, the lesson has been learned! I’ll grow & dry my own home-grown Thyme as well as other herbs.
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