Friday, March 13, 2009

Rosemary powder

I love rosemary, it's one of my favourite herbs.

Today I'm going to share with you a very quick and easy way of drying and making a rosemary powder using the microwave and a small strainer. Yep, that's right!

Wash the rosemary and discard the sticks. Spread the leaves in a plate and take to the microwave.

For about 1/4 cup of rosemary it should take arround 2-3 minutes total, but check it every 20-30 seconds, moving the leafs arround. If the leaves can still be bent like in the picture, give it a bit more time...

... Until they break up easily like that and feel very "crunchy".

If doing a large quantity of course you can use a food processor, but for a small amount like I did, a strainer is what it works better. Just put some "crunchy" leafs into the strainer and break them with your fingers, working back and forward, pushing the powder out.

In a little while you'll have fresh rosemary powder ready to use and also your fingers will be slightly green and smell very "rosemary-y"!

Smells divine! Where would you use it? What about me? Where am I going to use it?...

44 comments:

Dawn said...

oh gosh you know I would use that in a savory cheddar cracker or cheddar shortbread. Mmmm

Rhyleysgranny said...

What a great idea. I freeze my Rosemary but this will give a quick fix when needed. Thank you. you are a star
x

Bea said...

Great idea, Rita! Guess this works for every herb... Thank you :)

VeggieGirl said...

OOOOH, lovely!! I'd use it in a pasta dish :-)

Bentayga con sabor said...

Vaya que idea más buena,gracias por compartirla.

Elyse said...

Who knew it was so easy?? This is a great tip! And the pictures of the rosemary are so gorgeous!

Reeni♥ said...

How lovely!! I would use that everwhere! In my pasta sauce, my meatballs, in soup... the possibilities are endless!

Heather said...

great tip! i would use it in a lemon and olive oil cake. mmmm.

Leslie said...

what are you doing with it???
TEASE!

Ingrid said...

You're going to use it in cookies or something sweet and baked.
~ingrid

Y said...

Ah, I can just imagine the smell in your kitchen!! I'm sure what you end up doing with it, will be very very original! :)

natalia said...

What a great idea !! I can't wait to see you creations !!

Pearl said...

i LOOOOVE rosemary, too!

mybricole said...

What a great idea! I'm thinking about using this for sage too. Yum. Thanks for the tip!

Hendria said...

This would be good on roasted whole potatoes. ... :) Great idea !!!

I have tagged you. :)

Zita said...

Rosemary...the name only sounds so lovely... great tips, thank's for sharing,Rita :)

Val said...

What a great idea. Thank you for sharing. ;o}

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't wait to see what you do with it!

noble pig said...

Sprinkled on foccacia! This is a wonderful idea!

Manuela © said...

Que dica fantástica :-)

Vou experimentar!

Maggie said...

How about a pecan sandy cookie with rosemary? I love rosemary and nuts.

jesse said...

Ooo that is so ingenious! I'm thinking... errmmm rosemary cookies for some reason. Is that weird??

Cakebrain said...

Oh that looks wonderful! I have a huge rosemary bush out in my back yard but am wondering if it will survive this extraordinarily cold winter. My bay tree died :( so I'm thinking the rosemary bush might have had it too. I'm looking forward to seeing some cookies with rosemary powder from you!

katrina said...

What a brilliant idea! Love rosemary, and this solves the prickly sticks problem - thanks!

Kevin said...

Rosemary is a herb that I would like to get to know better. Nice tip with the strainer.

Lisa said...

I make my own powdered ginger by drying it in the oven then powdering it in the spice grinder, and the same with herbs, but I never thought to use the microwave..great idea!

Kendra said...

Oh fabulous!

Maris said...

This is a great idea! I like the flavor of rosemary but I hate it when the herbs aren't chopped finely enough and you feel like you're eating pine needles!

Maris said...

This is a great idea! I like the flavor of rosemary but I hate it when the herbs aren't chopped finely enough and you feel like you're eating pine needles!

Selba said...

This so great! I didn't know you can make your own rosemary powder.

morgana said...

¡¡ Cómo mola !! Muchas gracias por el truco. Por donde vivo el romero está en muchos jardines públicos y no puedo evitar frotarlo entre los dedos cuando paso cerca y llevármelos a la nariz ¡¡¡ me encanta cómo huele !!! Y ahora ya me has picado... ¿En qué lo podemos utilizar?

Miette said...

Great tip ! I would use it in a bolognese wipe or with a lamb.

Cheers,

Miette

sunita said...

What agreat idea, thanks form sharing. Recently, I made some mini carrot and rosemary scones.

Jescel said...

wow.. thank you for this tip. love rosemary for chicken and pork...

Mobula said...

Muy buena idea para aromatizar diversos platos... Se puede hacer lo mismo con otras hierbas???

Ana

mavele said...

Excelente idea Rita ¿que tal utilizarlo en algun postre? suena interesante ¿no?

un beso

FFichiban said...

I love rosemary too mmm ^^!

Zesty Cook said...

This is fabulous! You are always full of good ideas :)

Natashya said...

Great idea! What are you going to use it in? Shortbread?

Colloquial Cook said...

You're going to make a mighty, oil-dripping FOCACCIA!

Irene said...

Awesome! Thank you for the tutorial! I have lovely rosemary bushes growing outside of my complex, but I love using dried rosemary or powder for a different taste.

Emily said...

Oooh lovely. Rosemary is my favorite herb.

kellypea said...

I have two big rosemary bushes out back and am always looking for ways to use the herb. I love including it in dessert, but have never hear of making a powder. HOW COOL! You are such a smart cookie!

Sara said...

This worked perfectly! Thanks for posting!