The Design Committee is having an Herbal Wreath Making Workshop for members on Wednesday, October 23 at the Exeter Senior Center on 30 Court Street Exeter, NH. The fun begins at 2:00. The cost is expected to be $8 for Connie and $8 for Lynda ($16 total). You can pay at the workshop. Correct change would make things easier.
As the warmer weather has lingered into October, so has my garden proliferation of tomatoes. Although not as many as in the summer, enough that I now have to find another way to handle them as I am sauced out, souped out and juiced out. My freezer is full, and I am not a canner. Where to go??? To dehydrating!
You can just dry them plain or use a seasoned salt to add wonderful flavors. I recently visited the Salt Cellar in Portsmouth, NH and picked up a selection of their infused salts. What a fun little shop with amazing flavors — but be sure to bring a water bottle because you can sample every variety (trying the Italian White Truffle Salt is a must!)! These flavors will go along way so you only need to add a little to your tomatoes. Or try your own herb seasonings.
Once you slice and season your tomatoes, if you are drying them in the oven check them every 45 minutes or so, and more frequently as they begin to dry. They should become leathery and not feel squishy in any places. If some become dry before others, remove them from the tray and put the others back in to continue drying. If they dry to long they will become too crispy and may even burn. Store them in an airtight container and they will easily keep for a year.
Dried tomatoes are great for snacking, especially in the winter when the horrible, tasteless tomatoes appear in the grocery store and you long for the flavors of summer! A good project for a rainy Sunday! ~ Patti
You know those sticky burrs that latch on to your clothing as you traipse through the fields? They are from the burdock or Arctium plant. Often mistaken for a rank weed, the root of this herb is very useful and used for medicinal purposes. July through October is the peak flowering season, so look for it now.