From Tinctures to Pesto: Five Easy Ways to Use Your Herb Garden

Categories: Recipes
By Anais Alexandre
These greens back a flavorful punch.
Green thumbs everywhere know having your own herb garden is a culinary gem. If you don't have one and want to learn how to start your own garden, check out our past blog post about urban gardening.

Herbs can be used in endless ways. Here are five easy recipes to use the aromatics from your back yard every day. We know, it's very Martha Stewart of us.

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A pretty array of bottles filled with herb-infused oils.
5. Herbal oil infusions: Herbal oil infusions are great for marinades, salad dressings, and seasonings when used alone.

The first rule with herb-infused oils is to make sure there is no moisture on the plant, because moisture generates mold. Mold will also grow if oil isn't filled to the top of the container.

Now that we've taken care of the safety issue, let's get down to business. Using a light, tasteless oil (such as canola) is better than olive oil, which tends to go rancid faster. Take a good handful of whatever herb you prefer; if there is any dirt on it, brush it off with a dry brush. Plunk the herbs into an empty cruet (oil dispenser) -- we found some on Amazon for $12 -- and then fill it completely with oil. The flavor will peak at six weeks and will be good for two months (one month if using olive oil).

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Savory syrups to die for.
4. Simple syrups flavored by herbs: These syrups can be used in cocktails, fruit juices, or even on a choice cut of meat. The technique and ingredients are the same as the oil infusions, but instead of immersing the herbs in oil, use a simple sugar syrup instead.

Simple syrup is made of equal parts water and sugar. To make the simple syrup, place a cup of water and sugar in a medium sauce pan, stir until the sugar dissolves, and then allow it to bubble over medium heat for about five minutes to thicken it slightly.

With herb-flavored simple syrups, you can either add the herbs into the syrup while it's bubbling or place them in the container you'll use to store the syrup. Either way, you'll end up with an inspired ingredient you can use many ways. We love to make lemongrass syrup to drizzle on ginger-vanilla ice cream and to add to our lemongrass mint julep.

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herbal incense

The aroma produced is not that harsh and you'll find it to be a bit of creeper as the first time I tried it.

Kripaluji Maharaj
Kripaluji Maharaj

All the ways were quite simple. I would surely follow these guidelines and would expose it to all.

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new herbal incense

Interesting!Blog well I am looking of herbal material that i put on my Garden's fresh herbal wreath?

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