Garden View : Tyme

It’s another bright and Sunny Saturday in Louisiana. And my herb container is over flowing with Tyme. Not something that is bas but in a garden like life is need tobe wasted. So let’s get busy :

History & uses :

Thyme is a Mediterranean herb with dietary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The flowers, leaves, and oil of thyme have been used to treat a range of symptoms and complaints. These include diarrhea, stomach ache, arthritis, and sore throat. The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris.

Tyme Tea

  1. Boil: Boil a pot of water.
  2. Harvest herbs: Add 8 to 10 fresh thyme sprigs to a mug.
  3. Steep: Pour on the water. The exact quantity doesn’t matter: just fill up the mug! Allow to stand for 5 minutes, then enjoy!

Ways to save Tyme for later :

Freeze:Here’s how: Wash the herbs (still on their branches), dry them thoroughly, strip the leaves from the branches, and put them in labeled plastic zipper-type freezer bags. With herbs such as rosemary and thyme, you don’t even need to strip the leaves from the branches. Press out all the air, seal and freeze

Drying is the easiest way to preserve herbs. Gather stems into small, loose bunches. Secure the ends together with an elastic band or twine then hang upside down in a warm, dry, well-ventilated place that’s out of direct sunlight

Make a Bouquet Garni for Now or LaterIf you have a lot of dried herbs to deal with, make multiple bouquets and store them in a tightly sealed jar for your next foray into soup- or stew-making. These make excellent gifts, too. I love securing them, along with a gift tag, to my holiday packages.

Make Thyme Oil, Vinegar, Butter, or Honey.

Making Honey :Combine herbs and honey: Place herbs in the bottom of a jar and fill the jar almost to the top with honey. Using a chopstick or other implement, stir to coat the herbs with honey. Top off with more honey to fill the jar. Wipe the jar rim with a clean cloth and cover tightly. Seal for at least 5 days and strain. Store in cool dry place.

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