Have you ever wondered if you should grow herbs? Maybe you already do and I’m just slow getting on this bandwagon. Well, I’ve been doing some research.
I asked a master gardener in our church if he would teach a class on herbs. I learned so much about these amazing plants.
- They are sooooo easy to grow and take care of.
- There is a huge difference in taste from just using store bought spices.
- Once the herbs are dried the flavors only last up to nine months. Ugh!
- You can grow several kinds in just one large pot.
- It’s cheaper to grow them than to buy spices in a store.
There is amazing information online about herbs and their different uses. It was suggested to us to go to the University of Utah Cooperative Extension (http://extension.usu.edu/yardandgarden/htm/vegetables_herbs). If you don’t live in Utah locate your local extension program through a college or university.
To go along with the class I did my own research and found some “bread and spread” recipes I could make as refreshments after the class.
Here are the recipes I used and boy was I impressed with the difference in taste using actual “just cut from the garden” herbs.
Basil Pesto (I took half this recipe and added it to 8 oz. of cream cheese for a different spread)
Yes, I did make all of this. Many people get scared away at the thought of baking bread. Think again. If you have a good mixer these breads take only minutes to make because you don’t have to knead; the mixer does it for you. If you don’t have a mixer it still is just as easy. You just have to take five minutes longer to knead and mix the ingredients together. I made the spreads the night before I needed them and the day of our class I made the breads. Most of the time you are waiting for the breads to rise and you don’t need to be there for that.
I have to tell you that I am completely sold on herbs. I plan on growing them and using them when I can in my cooking. Did I tell you what a difference in taste there is? Ha! Well, there is!