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How to Salvage Your Spices

Using and Reviving Old Spices bags of spices

Spices make your food taste exotic, smell delicious and can cost a lot.  I try to grow my own herbs when possible, but some just have to be purchased.  The rarer a spice, the more expensive.  That is why I hate to buy one for a recipe and not use it again for months.

There is a way to possibly save those old spices to use again in a recipe.  First, pour a little of the spice into your hand.  Press it into your palm with your fingers.  Does the spice fragrance come back?  Great you can use it.  If not, just put the amount of spice your recipe calls for into a small frying pan.  Turn the heat on low and stir the spice until it becomes fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).  Once this is done, pour the hot spices into a bowl and stir to bring in cooler air and stop it from continuing to cook.  Now it is okay to use in your recipe.

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How to Create Great Spice Rubs in Minutes

DIY Dry Rubs Spice bottles for dry rubs

It is winter in Wisconsin and we still grill outside.  If you are not that brave, you can still use these rubs to use on your inside grill.

We eat a lot of chicken, so spice rubs give a nice variety to each meal to give it a different taste.  Dry rubs will give your meat/fish a light cover of seasoning that will be seared into the meat/fish for a really nice taste.

Just measure, mix and rub.  Refrigerate meat/fish for at least 30 minutes before grilling.

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Harvest Herbs For Future

Dehydrating Herbs

Dehydrator

Summer is in full swing, however my herbs are coming in faster than I can eat them or give them away.  My first line of defense is to dehydrate them.  It takes a little time, but will save  you so much money.  Dried herbs in the store are very expensive and you already paid for the herbs in your garden, so why not use them?

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Why Your Garden Should Include Herbs

Growing Herbs Isn’t Hard

collection of herbs for you design

Find yourself constantly buying dried spices and herbs?  Do you have some on your shelf for years and still not using them? I used to because I purchased the largest jar/bottle I could afford and then used it for only 1 or 2 recipes.

Spices and herbs are extremely expensive, especially if you buy organic.  I know I can’t afford to waste money on these little bits of taste just to let their taste and benefits evaporate in my cupboard.  There is an alternative

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