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May 16 2019

How to Dry Herbs

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July 15 2018

How to Freeze Herbs

To freeze herbs, all you need are your favorite aromatics from the garden or the rest of that bunch of cilantro you bought last week, a little lovely olive oil, and an ice cube tray to preserve that herbaceousness for another day. You’ll never toss perfectly good herbs again.

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July 30 2013

The Best Way to Keep Basil Fresh

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The best way to store basil may not be the prettiest way, but it can keep a bunch fresh and green for up to a week or two. Give this a try!


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July 11 2013

How to Dry Herbs: Mint, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, and Dill

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the joys of spring and summer, but they don't last forever. Unless, that is, you know the tricks to keeping them around. And you can learn those tricks here, in Preserved.

preserved-dried-herbs-646.jpg Marjoram, oregano and mint all maintain most of their original aroma and fragrance once dried, making them ideal candidates for this project. (Credit: Matt Duckor)

Few things love warm rainstorms and abundant sunshine more than the herbs of summer--and if your window box looks anything like mine, things are getting pretty out of hand. Sure, we love using fresh leaves in salads, to make pesto, or for those salsa verdes, but there is an easier (i.e., lazier) way to reap the benefits of all that shrubbery: clip them and leave them out on your counter to dry. Within 48 hours, you should have dried herbs, ready for storage and for helping you through the winter.


Pick the leaves from the stems and lay them on a piece of parchment. Leave them in a draft-free area, like on your kitchen counter. Once completely dried (this should take about 2 days), store them in glass jars or containers.

You can store each herb separately or mix them, depending on your preference. The combo of oregano and marjoram is a natural for all things Italian (your Sunday gravy will thank you) and oregano and mint make for a lovely Greek-inspired rub for roast chicken or leg of lamb.

Before using, crush the leaves slightly to release their essential oils. Shelf life for most dried herbs is about 6 months. The test? If the aroma is gone, it's time to let them go.

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December 28 2011

I make herbal medicine for my family. It is a Gypsy tradition I am proud of. But some Catholics think it is black magic LOL no its science.
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December 27 2011




One of the most powerful herbs yet one of the most versatile. Rosemary infused oil prevents it from going rancid and protects it from oxidation. Because it helps with the regulation of glutathione, rosemary helps the body to detox naturally. It also prevents the formation of carcinogenic amines in meat cooked over high heat. Rosemary is also very rich in antioxidants.


Thyme shows a great antioxidant power and helps fight bacterial infections. Like other herbs entering the famous “bouquet garni”, thyme makes a delicious addition to mustard-based dressings.


More than just being rich in antioxidant, sage helps to lower bad cholesterol. This special herb can help to regulate menopause symptoms as well. Sage extract also has been shown to improve memory and attention.


Mint is the champion for digestive problems. It has been shown to help people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive issues. It also may have a positive effect on symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome.


The pesto champion! Basil reduces high blood pressure and helps with diabetes. As other herbs, basil is also rich in antioxidants.


Interestingly, oregano is one of the few herbs that give a stronger taste when dried, and the same goes for its antioxidant powers. Oregano oil contains broad-spectrum antibacterial agent. This makes oregano an excellent ally to fight infections. Try to take a few drops of oregano oil at the first signs of a cold, and you might avoid it.

January 26 2011

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