Wow, what an awesome Sunday! I wrote a few letters to some friends, received a phone call from France, baked bread, made zucchini pancakes, went to church, and…
Remember that tangle of rosemary I found in the backyard a few days ago? It is now half of a tangle.
I snipped around 20 shoots of rosemary from the mother load. There is a TON of rosemary hanging out in the backyard, but I don’t need it all. Because rosemary is a perennial, I left the majority of the plant alone to help it weather the winter. (Although judging by its size, the plant shouldn’t have any problem :)
I washed the bugs and spider webs out in the sink, and the place started smelling like lamb. The scent lured Tim out of his study lair and we had a nice 2-minute convo about Puerto Ricans fighting in the Vietnam war. I should harvest rosemary more often, yes?
I dried the rosemary on a cookie sheet with paper towels, though a properly equipped rosemary harvester might use a salad spinner. As it is, this newlywed used her kitchen appliance allowance on a food processor (to make homemade peanut butter, whaa???).
I found two brown paper bags from a previous wine purchase and cut ten holes in each of the sides. The purpose of the bag is to prevent dust and bugs from settling on the drying rosemary. I was a little leery of mold forming the branches, so I opted to allow some air to travel in and out of the bag (while still preventing the dust bowl).
I used rubber bands to bind the rosemary into two large clumps. It felt a little like tying
Christmas pine boughs. I asked Tim for some string. He came up with dental floss. Works. I bagged the rosemary and used Tim’s floss to string it to a clothes hanger.
I’ll store the rosemary in a warm, dry place (laundry room) for about 2 weeks, or until it is completely dried. I know every time I do a load of laundry I’ll have a craving for chicken.
Yikes, that could be a problem…