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Homemade Food Gifts: Dried Herbs

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 30, 2010


Dill Anethum graveolens

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(Originally posted to the Frugal Recipes blog earlier today. Wanted to share with you as well.)

Throughout the summer and autumn months, you have harvested and dried organic herbs to use in your culinary ventures throughout the winter. As is usually the case, you have far more of these dried herbs than you will be able to use before the next harvest season. Why not share your bounty with family and friends?

Hopefully, throughout the year, you have been cleaning and saving the jars from your food purchases. Perhaps you have purchased canning jars, lids and rings frugally at yard sales and thrift shops. You may also have fabric, twine or raffia from the projects that you have been working on throughout the year. If so, you have the makings for great holiday gifts.

Single Herb Examples

Basil

Bay leaves

Parsley

Rosemary

Sage

 

Herb Mix Examples

Basil, oregano and thyme

Basil, thyme and parsley

Dill, mint and parsley

Lemon balm and mint

Parsley and rosemary

1. Sterilize all of the jars, lids and rings. Dry completely. It is important that no moisture is evident when packing the dried herbs.

2. Fill the jars with single herbs, or herb mixes.

3. Tie squares or rounds of fabric onto the cover of each jar with twine or raffia.

4. Add a tag or sticker to the jar with the name of the herb, and with ‘From (Your Names’) Garden.’

How do you package your dried herbs for gift giving? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Shannon Reference:

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs (1987, Rodale Press)

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2 Responses to “Homemade Food Gifts: Dried Herbs”

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