Could You Think of Herbs As Gifts?
Maybe we just scratched the surface in our previous article about herbs and little part of their non-ending benefits, But have you ever thought of herbs to be given as gifts?!
Yes, it is, and that will be our article this time, how to use herbs for giving gifts?
1- Dry Herb Mixture for cooking
If you like cooking and find a pleasure in having a tasty meal, you will love to have a gift of dried, garden-grown herbs. There are some traditional mixes that we present here:
- Bouquet garni: you can use stems of the following dried herbs: bay leaf, parsley, thyme, chervil, rosemary, and/or tarragon. Tie them together with a string or put them in a cheesecloth bag, place them in plastic bags to keep their Odder and flavor. These herb bouquets can be used in soups and stews.
- Fines herbs: Use equivalent amounts of dried chervil, chives, parsley, and tarragon and mix them into glass jars. This mixture is best used with eggs, fish, and poultry.
- Herbes de Provence: Mix together equal parts of dried basil, fennel seed, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, sage, summer savory, and thyme and package in glass jars. This is an all-purpose mix that works for a variety of dishes, including meats, potatoes, and beans.
2- Drawer and Closet Sachets
Having a closet sachets in your dresser drawer or closet is a very special gift, especially when it give the cloth this decent odder and also may deter moths. Start with a piece of pretty, tightly woven fabric (so herbs don't leak out) and wash it to be sure it's colorfast (so color does not bleed onto stored fabrics). Cut the fabric into 9-inch squares. Place 1D4 cup of dried herbs in the center. Gather the edges up over the herbs and tie with a ribbon, leaving a long loop so the sachet is easy to hang in a closet.
You can fill the sachets with dried lavender flowers and rose petals. Mixing them with some dried artemisia, eucalyptus, lemon verbena, mint, rosemary, tansy, or thyme leaves, will enable the sachets to repel moths.
That's not all, you still can do more and more from herbs, It all depend on the people you are giving the herbs. Remember always that herbs are not expensive, they are pleasant and beneficial, so whether you but them, or plant them in your small garden, the cost will never be comparable to the benefit.