Using Preserved Herbs on Your Homestead

Inside: Unlock the potential of your herb garden all year by using preserved herbs on your homestead and reap the benefits in your kitchen, teacup, and medicine cabinet.

Herbs are the unsung heroes of homesteading. Beyond their aromatic appeal in gardens, they hold incredible value in preserved forms. You can use your preserved herbs in cooking, tea, and even traditional medicine around your homestead.

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Using Preserved Herbs

Preserving herbs is a great way to ensure that you always have fresh herbs at your disposal. But what can you do with preserved herbs?

Incorporating preserved herbs into your homesteading journey is a sustainable, cost-effective, and rewarding endeavor. We don't all have the ability to grow herbs throughout the winter, so preserving them through the summer for the rest of the year is a great idea.

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Using Preserved Herbs in Cooking

Preserved herbs can be used in cooking just like fresh herbs. In fact, some chefs prefer preserved herbs because they have a more concentrated flavor.

Here are a few ways to use preserved herbs in cooking:

  • Add them to soups and stews
  • Use them to season meat and fish
  • Mix them into salad dressings
  • Add them to marinades

When using preserved herbs in cooking, keep in mind that they are more potent than fresh herbs. You may need to use less than you would if you were using fresh herbs.

Using Preserved Herbs in Tea

Preserved herbs can also be used to make tea. Simply steep the herbs in hot water for a few minutes and enjoy.

Here are a few preserved herbs that are great for tea:

  • Mint
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Lemon balm

When making tea with preserved herbs, use about half as much as you would if you were using fresh herbs.

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Using Preserved Herbs in Medicine

Preserved herbs can also be used for medicinal purposes. Traditional medicine meets modern homesteading. Preserved herbs have been used for generations to address common ailments.

I am not saying no to modern medicine, but some things you can treat at home, from your garden like an upset stomach.

Here are a few herbs that are great for preserving and using in medicine:

  • Echinacea
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary

When using preserved herbs for medicinal purposes, it's important to follow the instructions carefully. Some herbs can be toxic if used improperly.

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