2 quarts of strawberries, already dried. The smell contained in that jar is indescribably amazing!
Did you know blueberries take FOREVER to dry? (20 hours and counting at this point...)
The beginnings of a winter's worth of tea:
Trying: four different methods of drying lemons.
Larger pieces of zest:
Slices without peel (the source of the zest, of course!):
Slices with peel:
And crying: my first drying failure. Well, second, if you count my failure in this same area last year. Mom and Dad gave me the dehydrator last year for my birthday, which is in the fall. So I first tried to dry my herbs and mints last summer by just bagging them with a paper bag, and letting air dry.
Total, complete, mouldy failure.
I blame Lake Erie :) Honestly, I think it's too humid here to air dry. So, this year, I tried the dehydrator.
Total, complete, tasteless failure.
Those are supposed to be two large bottles of dried oregano. It smells NOTHING like oregano.
That is supposed to be a large jar of dried lemon balm. It smells exactly the same as the oregano. Which means it smells nothing like lemon balm.
I jarred them up, thinking the scent would somehow magically re-appear once they were contained. Yeah, not so much. I've finally convinced myself the only good place for these is the compost heap :(
I think the problem is the dehydrator, which is simply too hot for drying herbs without ruining their scent. I'll try air drying again this year, in a place with better air movement. Other than that, I'm out of ideas.
Does anyone out there dry herbs in a humid place? Any trick or tips to share? Please??