How to Harvest Rosemary
If you have a rosemary bush in the garden, making your own dried rosemary is useful way to store rosemary, conveniently at hand for cooking.
Cut the rosemary.The best day to collect rosemary is a fine, dry day.
Make bundles of evenly sized rosemary stems.Cut off loose and scraggly ends. Keep the bundles at a maximum of 10 stems each.
Tie each bundle together.Leave some twine dangling for hanging each bundle.
Hang each bundle upside down in a dry, dark and well ventilated area.Leave to hang for 1 - 2 weeks.
Take down the bundles when the rosemary has dried.Untie each bundle and remove the rosemary leaves by running your hand down each stem. This should be performed over a clean workbench surface or a large container, such as a mixing bowl.
Store.Collect the dried rosemary leaves and place into airtight containers for storage.
Label and date.The dried rosemary is now ready for your culinary pursuits.
QuestionIf a plant is growing in your garden why bother drying it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou don't need to dry it, but you can if you'd like to preserve it for later use.Thanks!
QuestionHow tall can rosemary grow?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRosemary is basically a bush, so it won't grow very tall. Depending on the climate and the soil, rosemary can grow to about four-feet in height if it isn't trimmed.Thanks!
QuestionMy rosemary got out of hand and is pretty big - 12-18 inches high. What is the best way to get it under control?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIn the fall, use an electric trimmer to trim it nicly into a ball.Thanks!
QuestionCan you dry Rosemary in a dehydrator?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can dry pretty much anything in a dehydrator. Just be careful with the rosemary since it doesn't have a lot of water in it to begin with.Thanks!
QuestionIs rosemary an annual or perennial plant?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRosemary is a perennial, but it will not stand freezing temperatures, so you may need to bring it inside in the winter.Thanks!
QuestionCan I bring my plant inside for the winter?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can. Just make sure it still receives adequate light.Thanks!
Are the purple/white flowers on rosemary edible?
Does rosemary have to be at a certain point to be picked? Or can you just pick it whenever?
If myrosemary bush dried up is the rosemary still good to use as seasoning?
- Homemade dried rosemary is best used within a year of production.
- The optimum drying temperature is 21ºC - 32ºC.
- If desired, crush some of the rosemary into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. This makes an excellent and flavoursome addition to recipes where the delicacy of the dish might be impacted by the texture and appearance of the leaves. Store in the same manner as for the whole leaves.
Things You'll Need
Bowl or clean work surface space
Airtight glass containers suitable for storage
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