Herbs, not spices

We have discovered a beautiful array of perennial herbs in our garden that beg to be turned into something yummy.  The other day, Kristina found a dehydrator on Craigslist (shouts out to “Bill”) and we have been experimenting with herb creations.  We have been dehydrating thyme, sage, rosemary, lavender, mint, calendula flowers, oregano, and lemon balm.  However, we learned through trial and error that lemon balm does not do so well when being dehydrated, as the heat burns the leaves.  So, we will by drying this one by hand via a hanging method.  We also learned the difference between herbs and spices today:  Spices are obtained from roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark, while herbs come from leaves of plants. Below are some of our early creations, and soon we will be concocting delicious dishes on which to use them.  Don’t worry there will most definitely be pictures of those as well.

Below are some of the herbs in our new (and growing) collection.

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