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Dscn2212
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

I feel your pain! Try drying thyme the same one would dry rose blossoms. Cut, tie the ends together with thread, hang upside down in a relatively dark place (basement, garage) until dry. Hold bunches over a sheet of parchment. Run your fingers over them. Collect the leaves in a jar. Any sort of recycled jar will do just fine.

Chris_in_oslo
Greenstuff

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added over 3 years ago

You've worked much harder than me! I either strip fresh thyme, not worrying too much about a few twigs, and use it immediately. Or I hang it to dry, then do pretty much the same thing--instead of stripping, it's more like I kind of crumble it, getting mostly leaves and a few twigs, of which I remove the big ones. I definitely do not feel I have to remove every twig, mostly just the woody parts. And while a fair amount may end up in the compost, I see it as overall little work and a lot of gain--I think thyme is one of the best everyday herbs. I don't see the need for a food processor--it strips or crumples into small enough pieces.

Or else--tie the whole twigs together with twine. Use them in your dish, and remove the bundle before you serve. Nothing easier than that!

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boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

Or as Greenstuff suggests, tie the whole bundle up in some cheesecloth and immerse in whatever you are making.

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Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

Just hang them up..let them dry.

Then use a clean sheet and take your hands to get the dried leaves off and them fall into the sheet..Collect and store.

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added over 3 years ago

I agree with everyone here. Thyme is one of my most low maintenance herbs to harvest, just cut, dry, crumble and store. During the growing season I use it fresh and then off-season I keep a mayo-sized jar filled with dried thyme and it usually lasts me till spring. I try not to be too particular about the stems. They aren't that bad.

Scan0004
added over 3 years ago

I had fresh thyme from the supermarket too long, and found that it had dried without any effort on my part. I took it out and kept it on a pantry shelf, and I found that the leaves fell of on their own. Passive processing!

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added over 3 years ago

Thanks everyone! I think next time I will just run my fingers over the dried twigs and crumble the leaves, that's less yield but fine. I am so finicky about the small woody parts because when I was a teenager, once when I ate my mothers tomato sauce with Herbes de Provence, one of her staples, a small piece of a thyme twig got stuck in my throat. I did not hurt but it felt very uncomfortable. So after a couple of days I went to the otolaryngologist, who removed it, wondering about my mother's cooking. I was awfully embarrassed.

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Cathy Erway

Cathy is the author of The Art of Eating In and blogs at Not Eating Out in New York.

added over 3 years ago

Fresh thyme is so great to use as is that the dried version pales in comparison -- why not put up your herbs in oils and fats that its flavor will permeate throughout? Here's a quick tip on making herbed butter (with fresh thyme and other herbs) that you can store in the fridge as a tasty topping for bread or for cooking with: http://lunchatsixpoint...

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added over 3 years ago

Cathy, thyme butter sounds good however I also use thyme often in breads so I cannot do without it dried. But for cooking I like the idea of thyme-infused oil. Do you happen to know a good recipe for thyme oil?

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boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

Infused oils, compound butters, lovely ideas. As well, there is always room for recently, "fresh" dried thyme. Grow it up, use it up.

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added about 2 years ago

We grow are Herbs every year and store them for the winter. What we do with Thyme is dry it hanging upside down, then cut it in small pieces in a colander, just crunch it, swirl it around and the small pieces fall through the holes. This is the easiest way we found to do it. Then we put it in a chopper and finely chop it.

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added over 1 year ago

We grow a large amount of thyme so drying most of it is necessary. I strip the thyme fresh just to remove the large stem, spread evenly on a baking pan and dry overnight in our oven. The pilot light alone dries the thyme at the perfect temperature (about 100º). The next morning I grind finely in a spice chopper (which takes care of those tiny stems) and store in 1 cup Mason jars with a plastic storage lid over a canning lid. Keeps the pantry moths out and the flavor in, and is fairly easy. (When a huge batch comes in the stripping becomes a family bonding opportunity!)