Summer’s bountiful flowers and herbs will soon be a thing of the past — unless you take some time now to dry them for further use. Dried flowers will give your home added cheer during snowy days, and make graceful presents. Dried herbs can contribute to flower bouquets — but their primary focus will go to flavoring the soups and stews you concoct all fall and winter.
It’s not hard to dry this greenery. Start in morning, when the dew has evaporated and the flowers are still fresh. Clip and bind them in large bundles — these can stand upright in a jar, or be hung face-down from hooks. Colonial-era cooks hung their herbs from the ceiling beams in the kitchen, keeping them conveniently nearby for plucking a leaf now and then for flavoring.
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