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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Herbs ~ Use Fresh or Dry



Growing herbs is just half the fun.
Cooking with them and tasting the efforts of 
your work is the icing on the cake!
Here are some simple ways to use fresh and/or 
preserve your homegrown herbs.

Long Stemmed Leafy Herbs


1. Harvest early in the morning just after the dew has dried off the leaves
2. Remove any soil/dirt/dust by rinsing them under cool water.
3. Shake off excess water.
4. Gently pick off any dead or discolored leaves with your fingers.
5. If leaves are large like Bay Leaves, pick off each leaf and set aside on a layer of paper towels in a dark place until dry.

*TIP* Bay trees are easily propagated. Bay Tree propagation begins by taking cuttings, do this in summer when the wood is green and pliable. Take three or so cuttings at least 6'' long. You want the cutting to be firm but the wood should be easy to bend. Strip off all leaves from each cutting except the top two or three. Dip stems in rooting hormone and place in small pots. within a couple of months you should have rooted cuttings. Give them an easy tug, if you feel resistance you have roots!


6. For smaller leaves, gather stems into small bunches and tie off with rubber bands. The rubber bands will shrink as the stems dry holding them together.


6. Hang bunches in a dark, cool, dust free, well ventilated area.
7. Take down bunches in 2-3 weeks, when they are dry.
8. Strip leaves from stems.
9. Store leaves in glass jars, bottles, etc.

*TIP* Herbs are easy to grow. Most like full to partial sun, Semi-moist soil (meaning they can dry out between watering's), and they like to be trimmed. Trimming not only makes them more compact, but gives you trimmings to cook with.


10. Larger dried leaves can be easily crumbled between palms for a finer consistency.

*TIP* Mint loves to spread! Before you know it you will have a good patch of mint. To keep it in bounds, plant in a container to contain roots. Be sure to pinch off any flower buds you see. If you let them flower, seeds will form which is another way they sprout and spread easily.

Edible Flower Petals


 1Strip fresh petals from stems and place in a single layer on clean paper towels.
2. Leave until dry in an area with good ventilation and no direct sunlight..


Roses, Violets, Lavender, Borage, Chives, Cornflower, Marigold, Nasturtium, Lilac, Clover and Pansy are just a few of edible flowers.

*TIP* Flowers mentioned are easily grown, either from seed or 6 packs you can pick up in the store. Roses and Lilacs are the exception regarding plants seeds. Best way is to buy these two as plants. Full to partial shade in the garden will suffice. Let the ground dry out a bit in between watering's.

These can be used fresh or stored dry for later use in jars, bottles, etc. in a cool dry, dark place.

Pick herbs/flowers early in the day for the strongest flavor.
Be sure herbs/flowers have not been sprayed with anything.

Timing for drying will depend on temperature and humidity.


Fresh to dried ~ Perfect for cooking, decoration and crafts. Examples: wreath making, potpourri, candle making, salves, and the list goes on.


Should you not be lucky enough to have an herb garden,
I do have several varieties in my Etsy Shop.


10 comments:

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for visiting ♥

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  2. Enjoyed the review on drying herbs. I have a few different ones in my yard and enjoy drying them. Just found a write-up on plaintain--a weed that grows in my driveway and can't wait to try it! Another "weed" that God planted in my yard turned out to be chevril which I will use more this year! And the comfrey is taking over; I use it as ground cover!

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    1. Glad it was beneficial for you. Yes, there are so many "weeds" that are edible! Young Dandelion leaves are great in salads! I have plantain also ;) My Dad used Comfrey for ground cover under some of his fruit trees :)

      Enjoy them all! ♥

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  3. Hi Deb, Will pin this most helpful post. At Dare to Share with you. Hope you'll pin my post as well. It's #37, Mother's Day Vegan Brunch Ideas. Have a beautiful May! Warm regards, Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

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    1. Good Morning Nancy, Thank you so much for pinning my post. I've pinned yours in return. What yummy recipes You've chosen ♥ Will def need to try some :)
      Happy May Day!

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  4. This is a great idea for growing and consuming herbs, Thanks for joining in Garden Affair.

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