Drying Summer Sage

Drying Summer Sage

My goal is to preserve a few things each week.  This week I’m working on Sage and Mint.  We love dried sage in butternut squash soup or just on roasted butternut squash.  We especially love sage that has been dried from our garden in our Thanksgiving stuffing!

Another great summertime use for sage is to make dried bundles tied together with twine for campfire starters, and this is also a great way to keep mosquitoes and bugs away from your campsite!  It is best to collect sage and mint before they begin to flower.  I’m a bit late on the sage this year.  Once it begins to flower the sage and mint leaves aren’t as potent because the plant is giving some energy to producing flowers.  Once mint begins to flower I’ve found that the leaves turn a bit bitter as well, so I do like to get it in and dried before it flowers.  Mint tea in the winter time is so delicious, and it’s especially soothing to upset tummies.  Since my sage has begun to flower, I’ll be making sage bundles for campfires/fire pits.


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