Making SAFE Herbal Infused Oils

Part 8 of the Series, Methods to Preserve Your Herbal Harvest Please note: This instructional is from the most current information put out by the USDA National Center for Home Food Preservation. It has therefore been tested for the safest way to make these infused oils. I urge you to follow all the… Read more“Making SAFE Herbal Infused Oils”

Herbal Infused Honey

Part 7 of the Series, Methods to Preserve Your Herbal Harvest Honey is a delicious and beneficial natural sweetener that can be added to enhance a wide variety of foods and dishes. Its mild flavor profile can also easily take on the delightful and welcome flavor of most dried herbs, spices, flowers,… Read more“Herbal Infused Honey”

Making Teas from Herbs and Spices

Part 6 of the Series, Methods to Preserve Your Herbal Harvest I love tea—black tea, Earl Grey tea, chai tea, green tea, sweet iced tea—all kinds of tea. A fresh cup of steaming hot tea on a cold winter’s day is just this side of Nirvana for me. It is also an… Read more“Making Teas from Herbs and Spices”

Preserving Herbs & Spices with Infused Vinegars

Part 5 of the Series, Methods to Preserve Your Herbal Harvest   Please note: This instructional is from the most current information put out by the USDA National Center for Home Food Preservation. It has therefore been tested for the safest way to make these infused vinegars. I urge you to follow all… Read more“Preserving Herbs & Spices with Infused Vinegars”

Extracts/Tinctures from Herbs & Spices

Part 4 of the Series Methods to Preserve Your Herbal Harvest An extract is a preparation containing the active ingredient of an herb or spice in concentrated form. Similarly, a tincture is a medicine made by dissolving an herb or spice in a medium like alcohol (ethanol). For our purposes here, we… Read more“Extracts/Tinctures from Herbs & Spices”

Drying Methods for Herbs & Spices

Part 3 of the Series Methods to Preserve Your Herbal Harvest Drying is probably the most common way to preserve herbs. Drying herbs is an economically savvy food preservation strategy, because fresh and dried herbs and teas demand high prices at the grocery store. Your own dried herbs will taste better than… Read more“Drying Methods for Herbs & Spices”

Freezing Methods for Herbs & Spices

Part 2 of the Series Methods to Preserve Your Herbal Harvest It is possible to freeze herbs. In many cases, this is done to quickly keep a glut of herbs when there isn’t time to do anything more time-consuming because few herbs survive the freezing process in a presentable form, although most… Read more“Freezing Methods for Herbs & Spices”

Harvesting, Preparing, and Seeding Herbs & Spices

Part 1 of the Series, Methods to Preserve Your Herbal Harvest Farmers’ markets and gardens and foraging sites are bursting with tasty fresh herbs just for the picking. It is a perfect time not only to enjoy them fresh but also to try preserving them for use later. The frost-tender ones,… Read more“Harvesting, Preparing, and Seeding Herbs & Spices”