Not too Early to Dry Out.

Not too Early to Dry Out.

Dry out herbs and vegetables that is.  Fresh herbs, from the garden or produce section of your local market, adds a huge burst of flavor to cooking whether in the kitchen or outdoors.  However, what happens to all those fresh herbs if they’re not used immediately?  Left in the refrigerator, they lose scent, flavor, shrivel and rot; there goes good money into the compost heap, or the trash bin.  There is an alternative that will save money, and provide you with herbs in months to come; dry them!  You've seen them in every supermarket or health food store grocery section; whether in bottles or bags there is a big advantage to using dried herbs.  First off, when stored in an air tight container, they can last up to six months; so check the expiration date when buying.  Secondly, when used in cooking, the aroma and flavor is much stronger than fresh; especially helpful when using a slow cooker for a recipe.

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