Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ten Easy Steps to Preserving Herbs (Part One)

Walking through a local herb farm really gets me going in a creative way. Just the smell of the herbs and their aroma takes me to a different place. I have a small courtyard garden with mostly raised beds. This is where I grow all of my herbs, which is just outside my kitchen door and is easy access for fresh herbs while I’m cooking.

My passion is to grow herbs organically, which is not all that difficult. If you currently are not growing your own, hopefully this article will encourage you to try your hand at starting a small herb garden near your kitchen door.

Pick up a copy of a gardening book that specializes in herbs for growth in your region and you will see just how easy it is to grown your own.

For me, strolling through what once was a 16th century herb garden in England truly brought to life the fact of how long mankind has been using herbs for many purposes.

Even in biblical times herbs were mentioned for medicinal purposes.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” - Genesis 1:29

Visiting a place like the English herb garden reinforced my love of herbs. In Elizabethan England (and for previous centuries), one of many uses of herbs was to strew them on the floor so that when walked on, they emitted their fresh aroma.

Drying and using in cooking is just one of many ways to utilize herbs today. You will need the following supplies:

    1. Scissors or garden shears

    2. Sturdy rubber bands

    3. Large brown paper bags

    4. Glass bottles of your choice for herb storage

    5. Decorative labels

    6. Ribbons or colorful string for decoration and string or wire for hanging herbs

    7. Paper towels or clean dishcloths

    8. Pestle and mortar (optional)

    9. Roll of wax paper

    10. Spatula

    11. Funnel

(Check back next week for the ten easy steps...)

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