Savor the Flavor of Herbs All Year Long

| 8/12/2019 5:32:00 PM

Country MoonThere are vegetables, there are flowers, and then there are herbs. I call these little gems “little giants” because even though they are small in stature, they pack a big wallop of flavor and nutrients. So, why enjoy them just during the summer months when they are fresh?

Preserving herbs lets you enjoy their flavor enhancements to dishes all year long. Besides that, if you have ever planted herbs, you know that each plant gives and gives and keeps on giving, so much so that you could never use it all in one season, even taking into account if you share with all your friends and neighbors.

There are different ways to preserve them, depending on how you like to use them. Whichever method you choose, harvesting and preparing them all starts the same way. Be sure to cut them before the flower forms. If the plant has started to flower, cut the flower off or the plant will focus on the flower and not the leaves, which is the part you want.

basil and rosemary in pots
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Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Always cut herbs in the morning before the sun strips them of their natural essential oils. Snip the lower leaves first because they were grown first. Follow the motto of restaurants, “first in, first out.” Be sure and cut just above where the leaf meets the stem. This protects them from getting diseases caused by cutting too close to the stem.

Wash the herbs in water thoroughly, checking for bugs and making sure all dirt is off, especially if you harvest just after a rain. Dry them thoroughly, using one of three methods.

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