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LH 62: Using Fresh Herbs for Flavor & Fragrance

Simple Tips for Using FRESH Herbs in The Home

I’ve done episodes on preserving herbs, using herbs IN your canned goods and I on how to dry herbs for long term storage.

But this episode is on the many wonderful uses for FRESH herbs.

It is peak growing season right now for herbs and even if you don’t grow any yourself, you are probably seeing a lot herbs at the farmer’s market.

So this episode and post is all about how to utilize those herbs for both flavor and fragrance.

You will learn:

  • Tips for how to grow herbs yourself
  • How to judge freshness when buying herbs at market
  • How to best store fresh herbs
  • The substitution formula for fresh vs dried
  • Which herbs are best for flavor and fragrance
  • A simple trick for freshening a room with mint
  • Tips for adding lavender scents to your linens
  • Why my teen’s shoes smell like herbs
  • And more!

As always you can read the full transcript and get all the links mentioned below.

I’ve put together a really great freebie for you. Click the box below to get my favorite list of herbs for flavor and fragrance.

I have also included my favorite nurseries so that you don’t have to hunt down the more unusual varieties.

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Making Herb Concentrates

Cotton Draw String Tea Bags*

 

Transcript:

Click here for the full transcript for Episode #62

 

Other Episodes You Might Like:

Preserving & Growing Herbs – Episode 09

Drying Herbs – Episode 49

Preserving with Lavender – Episode 61

 

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

4 Comments:

  • Debra Gibson says:

    Theresa
    How long will the dried herb sachets last. I was thinking of making some this summer/fall to use as gifts for Christmas.
    Thanks

    • theresa says:

      Hi Debra,
      It sort of depends on the herb. Some hold their fragrance and oils longer than others. But for lavender, making them 6 months ahead would not be a problem. Lavender holds it’s fragrance well. What I would suggest is that you make your sachets now (no matter what type) and store them in an air tight container (like a glass jar with a lid) and they will be just fine for Christmas gift giving. Hope that helps.

  • karelina resnick says:

    There’s a pic above of garlic in a canning jar in their skins.
    What have you done?
    tx

    • theresa says:

      Hi Karelina – They are not in their skins. They were peeled and pickled. It probably just looks like they have skins on because they are pickled. 🙂

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