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Old 07-06-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Rosemary Uses

Is Rosemary supposed to be used by fishing it out at the end of the recipe? Finely chopping it up? or drying and making into a fine powder?

I have a significant amount of rosemary in the garden. It never makes it through the winter ( outside or when I attempt to bring it in).

I was hoping I could dry it at the end of the season to use throughout the winter.

I just dont like when the leaves break apart in whatever dish Im preparing, so I thinking of drying it, and putting through my spice grinder to make a powder out of it.

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Old 07-06-2014, 08:55 PM   #2
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Fresh rosemary is soft enough to be left in a dish after cooking. You could dry and grind it. It's very strong so be careful.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:35 PM   #3
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I, too, am not fond of leaving the leaves whole in the finished dish. I grind it in a pestle or chop it very fine. And it can be dried and ground, also. Don't neglect the woody branches. Stripped of leaves, they make great skewers for chicken, etc. And you can still freeze sticks with leaves for future use in bouquet garni.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:43 PM   #4
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I have a significant amount of rosemary in the garden. It never makes it through the winter ( outside or when I attempt to bring it in).
I've had great luck with keeping rosemary during the winter but it may be because of how I protect it. I finally had to toss my last rosemary plant that was nearly 10-years-old. The ice got it this winter.

However, what I normally do is to wrap the pot, mine is a huge pot, in sheets of small-sized bubble wrap, then move the pot as close to the house as I can. I usually move it to a sunny spot near the outer corner of the wall of my studio, which is near the breezeway. Then, I swaddle the whole rosemary plant with more sheet bubble wrap, using stakes in the pot to keep it away from the bubble wrap. I leave a small opening at the top to allow the plant to breathe. What I've created is a makeshift greenhouse and it works pretty well.

Just a thought.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:49 PM   #5
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Ill try anything, got nothing to lose ( since id be purchasing a new one anyway next year if it fails).

But this years plant is doing extremely well. Id love for it to last.
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Larry, you can also just throw the entire sprig in, stem and all. Just remember to fish it out before serving.
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Larry, you can also just throw the entire sprig in, stem and all. Just remember to fish it out before serving.
I often do that.

I have two rosemary plants. One is from last year and one is from the year before. I just bring them into the house in winter and let them sit where they get a bit of direct sunlight. I let them get quite dry between waterings. I wait until the leaves start to droop a little bit.
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Ill try anything, got nothing to lose ( since id be purchasing a new one anyway next year if it fails).

But this years plant is doing extremely well. Id love for it to last.
If you are like most of us, you toss that bubble wrap when you get a package. If so you can buy a small roll of it at Staples or Home Depot for almost pennies.
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My little rosemarys are still very little...barely an inch tall after 3 weeks.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:18 PM   #10
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My little rosemarys are still very little...barely an inch tall after 3 weeks.
Considering Rosemary belongs to the pine tree family, I just can't get past that. It smells and taste like pine to me. Although I will toss a couple of sprigs into the pan when roasting lamb. And a sprig or two added when making the gravy only enhances it. Maybe the heat is what changes the smell.
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