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Herbs ChristinaLynne 3 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29599 posts
status 30th Mar '13

Do you plant herbs? If so which ones, when do you, is there anything special to know? I have the perfect place to plant them and I want to try. Also is there a way to store them for a long time?

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
30th Mar '13

I plant mint, basil, oregano, chamomile, lemon balm and thyme. For herbs that I want for in cooking I put them in the blender and blend them with a little water and then freeze them in ice cube trays. Once they are frozen I put them in two zip lock bags and keep them in the freezer. For chamomile and mint for tea I dry them.

ChristinaLynne 3 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29599 posts
status 30th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Brookie99:</b>" I plant mint, basil, oregano, chamomile, lemon balm and thyme. For herbs that I want for in cooking I ... [snip!] ... Once they are frozen I put them in two zip lock bags and keep them in the freezer. For chamomile and mint for tea I dry them."</blockquote>




Do you just melt the ice cube when you need them? So like basil and stuff for my spaghetti I would melt the cube and use it then?

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
30th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ChristinaLynne:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Brookie99:</b>" I plant mint, basil, oregano, chamomile, lemon ... [snip!] ... you just melt the ice cube when you need them? So like basil and stuff for my spaghetti I would melt the cube and use it then?"</blockquote>



For sauces I just toss as many cubes as I want in the sauce while its cooking.

ChristinaLynne 3 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29599 posts
status 30th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Brookie99:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ChristinaLynne:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Brookie99:</b>" ... [snip!] ... the cube and use it then?"</blockquote> For sauces I just toss as many cubes as I want in the sauce while its cooking."</blockquote>




Awesome!! Thank you. I'm trying to do things at naturally as possible and this was one way.

Severus Snape 2 kids; Tennessee 3550 posts
30th Mar '13

Great idea! I've been interested in growing my own herbs too.

ChristinaLynne 3 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29599 posts
status 30th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lilly'smommy5:</b>" Great idea! I've been interested in growing my own herbs too. "</blockquote>




I love fresh herbs! We are getting ready to plant my herbs and garden.

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
30th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ChristinaLynne:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Brookie99:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ChristinaLynne:</b>" ... [snip!] ... cooking."</blockquote> Awesome!! Thank you. I'm trying to do things at naturally as possible and this was one way."</blockquote>




No problem. I find this gives way more flavor and tastes much more fresh than using dried herbs and lasts longer than fresh herbs.

ChristinaLynne 3 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29599 posts
status 30th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Brookie99:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ChristinaLynne:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Brookie99:</b>" ... [snip!] ... problem. I find this gives way more flavor and tastes much more fresh than using dried herbs and lasts longer than fresh herbs."</blockquote>




That's why I love fresh but wasn't sure how to keep them.