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 Post subject: Too Much Thyme On My Hands
PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:48 pm 
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My creeping thyme has done unexpectedly well this year, but soon cold weather will set in and kill it.

Can anyone suggest recipes or dishes which require a lot of fresh thyme?

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 Post subject: Re: Too Much Thyme On My Hands
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I have the same problem with French tarragon. Never thought that would happen. I'm the only one that really likes it and I never really had much luck with it so it's neve been a problem until this summer. I'll dry some and I've given some away but still have way too much.


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 Post subject: Re: Too Much Thyme On My Hands
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I'm in a climate zone 6 in Illinois & my common thyme lives through the winter without protection. I don't know how cold it gets where you're at.


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Well, last year we were below freezing for about a month, with snow. That kills thyme (although not, strangely, parsley).

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I just finished drying all of mine. My thyme doesn't stand a chance to over winter here. I also harvested and dried all of my oregano. My basil went to seed before I could make pesto (it was not a good year for basil here). I am going to try keeping the rosemary in the garage this winter, but I am not going to hold my breath.

I can't think of a lot of things that require a lot of thyme (a sprig here or there maybe, but not quantities like you'd use parsley or cilantro or basil). Maybe buy an inexpensive dehydrator?

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Thyme is an herb that dries well, and it doesn't even need a dehydrator - just set it on trays and let it dry. It strips off the stems easily.

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Not really worth it to dry it; I still have 5oz or so of Penzey's Thyme. I'll come up with something.

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Josh, have you tried covering it with a garbage bag? We do that to our huge immovable pot that has rosemary, sage and thyme. It has survived winters for years now. It gets scrawny and unusable for a while, but returns to normal. We cover ours when freezes are predicted and take cover off when not.

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Hmm, might try it.

Mind you, it comes back after it dies in the winter. I didn't replant.

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TheFuzzy wrote:
Hmm, might try it.

Mind you, it comes back after it dies in the winter. I didn't replant.

This was my first thought - most thymes are resistant to zone 4, so I figured that it should be a perennial in your area.

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