Monday, August 13, 2012

Herbal harvest

Guess what?  These veggies are not from my garden.  I can't claim growing them, although they were delivered in my CSA box.  That eggplant was so cute I wanted to take a picture of it.  I also don't usually buy novelty fabric, but I had an idea for some place mats, so we'll see what I can come up with.

This did come from my garden.......

Sage, rosemary, chives, thyme, and oregano.  I thought I would dry some to freshen up my supply of herbs.  You can hang them in bunches to dry, or spread them on baking sheets and place in a 200 degree oven for a couple of hours.  Like this...
When they were dry, I just crushed them up and put them into  recycled glass jars.  Then I took some of the rosemary and sage and made an herbal salt with coarse ground sea salt.
You need to use coarse ground because it has to be broken down further with the herbs either in a food processor...
or the old fashioned way...
The salt will keep for at least 6  months.  You can put it on meats, or potatoes, even popcorn!   Tonight I'm rubbing it into some pork chops.  Fresh herbs can also be used, but when the mixing is completed, spread it out in a pan to dry overnight.
There are lots of different herb combinations to try.  You can even add fresh chopped garlic!  I think this would make great Christmas gifts done up in cute little decorated jars.

Now that that job is done, I can get back to some serious quilting.
I seem to have a bit of a backlog. 

Linking up with Debbie at Tuesday at the table.  Enjoy your week!


  1. oh this is right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing this! so fresh garlic just dries with the herbs & salt, huh? Sounds lovely. Thanks for linking up to the {herbal} table!

  2. Nice way to us your herbs!!! Love the quilting!
    XO Kris

  3. I like what you did with the herbs, herb-salt sounds delicious, got to try it some day, too.

  4. I agree with cattinka, the herb salt does sound delicious. Now I am wanting some popcorn..hehehe.

    Darn those household chores that keep us from the fun quilting;-)

    blessings, jill

  5. What a neat idea for the herbs! I keep telling myself that I'm going to grow my own herbs but haven't done it yet. The fresh veggies that you got look good!

  6. Hi Lynne,
    Just found your blog and love it! All your pretty quilting and that lovely pink chevron scarf! Right up my alley...

  7. It's wonderful to support your local growers. That eggplant is just gorgeous! I have never seen those little star like squash, did they give you a name?

    1. They are a variety of patty pan squash. I have never seen this kind before, they are sort of pretty!


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