I've been growing rosemary in my garden for years.
Usually when I want to use some in cooking, I clip a few sprigs, mince it up and add it to the food. That works fine for the most part, but sometimes if the weather is stormy or I'm in my pj's and don't feel like trotting out to the garden, it loses it's appeal
This morning I decided to take measures to insure that there would be rosemary at the ready despite the circumstances.
Here the rosemary grows in the ground year round and, if I'm not careful, it will soon be a rather large shrub. So it is a good idea to prune it a bit every now and then.
After a light pruning I washed and lightly dried the trimmings.
Then I laid them out on the dehydrator rack that came with my counter top oven.
I've had this oven over a year now and just realized it had a dehydrate feature. :)
I guess it's time to put it to the test.
The door stays ajar while the dehydrating takes place inside.
The scent of drying rosemary is a bit like Christmas.
Once dried, I removed the needles from the stems
and ran them through my coffee grinder. Actually, I no longer grind coffee beans at home so it has been repurposed into an herb grinder.
I chose to grind it up pretty fine as sometimes despite how finely I chop it, rosemary is a bit woody. I think this will be just the texture I'm looking for when I use it on the potatoes I'll be roasting for dinner tonight.
If you are a fan of rosemary, what are your favorite ways to use it?