Sunday, August 21, 2005

Herb Knowledge.


Throughout history people from every culture have been using herbs to season and flavor food.

In the 17th century, John Parkinson, the famous English herbalist at the Court of King James I,
Wrote these words, Dried summer savory leaves ground up with bread crumbs "used to breade
meate, be it fish or flesh, give it a quicker relish." Meaning that it gives it a better taste.

Herbs do taste good and smell good, they are healthy and they give us so many options to experiment with. Hard and fast rules when using herbs are very few. You can make your own
rules. Fresh versus dried is simply a matter of personal preference.

There are a few things to remember when cooking with herbs in order to get the best benefit
of the natural oils. Fresh herbs like basil, should be torn with your fingers instead of chopped with a knife. Tearing releases more of the natural oil. Any fresh or dried herb should be added no more than 5 or 10 minutes to the end of cooking time. The longer they cook, the more taste
you lose.

Another little tip: When using dried-----half the amount of fresh will do in most recipes.

Too little is better than too much! Herbs can be overpowering if not used in the proper amounts.
The blending of herbs can serve a two fold purpose, adding wonderful flavor to your dish,
and allowing you to cut back or completly stop the use of salt and or fat.
Actually there is a third benefit, once you remove the salt and fat from your food, you discover
the real taste . This is always a big suprise to most people.

I'm an herb farmer and strongly believe in the powers of herbs to support, heal, cleanse and maintain the health of our bodies, minds and spirit.

But they are like everything we do that has a real purpose, we must learn about the process
and commit to a practice of when and how to best use them.

You can find more information about our farm and our products by going here:
http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com

Please visit this blog often, I will post at least weekly. This is a very busy time of year with
harvesting and getting the herbs dried and ready for market.

I would love your feedback, and if you have questions , please feel free to email , snail mail or phone me.(although phoning will get you the answering machine on most days, but I will call
back if you are in the USA.)

Be Well,
Bea Kunz/SageHillFarms.

8 comments:

SkinCareGirl said...
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SkinCareGirl said...

Hi Bea,

I love the colors, graphics and information on your new blog. The colors and font remind me of you and your business...nice and natural:)

I will plan to visit regularly to get my herb tidbits.

Leslie

Angela said...

Hi Bea!

Great blog! I'm bookmarking it so I can come back and keep up with all your tips. Love to read about this subject! Thanks for providing the reading material.

Angela

Anne S said...

Hey Bea,

Your blog is excellent! I always learn something I either had forgotten or is new information.
Your personal 'you' comes through, and I love knowing there is a real special person in SageHill Farms.

We love SageHill Farms products. What your seasoning does for
salmon raves my cuisine *****. I'm on my way to steep a cup of Healthy Pleasure.

Have a happy day.
Your friend,
Anne

Anne S said...

Hey Bea,

Your blog is excellent! I always learn something I either had forgotten or is new information.
Your personal 'you' comes through, and I love knowing there is a real special person in SageHill Farms.

We love SageHill Farms products. What your seasonings do for salmon raves my cuisine *****. I'm on my way to steep a cup of Healthy Pleasure.

Have a happy day.
Your friend,
Anne

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Anonymous said...

I found a Praying Manthis nest in a tree I took it off what should I do to it?

BeaK. said...

The Praying M. is a good bug and eats a lot of bad bugs. It isn't harmful in any way, doesn't sting or bite humans that I'm aware of.

Can you put it back? Is it still intact?

Not sure what happens after it has been handled and moved.

I would just put it back and hope for the best.

BK