Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finding the free stuff

My rosemary plants died on me this past season. Sigh. I've now started a couple of new plants from seed, but they won't be near ready for harvest for a year or two.

In the meantime, I've been wanting some rosemary for both flavored vinegar and for drying to use in cooking.

This past Saturday, at the event I worked at our church, we picked a bunch of fresh herbs from the kitchen garden, just outside the church's kitchen door. The ladies have planted this really lovely herb garden with thyme, rosemary, mint, chives, lavender and parsley. Those of us who work in the kitchen regularly, come and go through this back door. I always run my fingers through the rosemary, to sniff it's wonderful aroma.

Well, there were more herbs clipped than actually needed on Saturday. No one else there had any interest in claiming these wonderfully fragrant stems. But I sure did!

I stuffed a bunch of the rosemary into my bottle of thyme vinegar, and have the other stems drying on the kitchen counter, to grind and use this winter.

And, I now know where I can find free rosemary while I wait for my new plants to grow!

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