The Yellow Farmhouse Garden

December 12, 2006

Nothing to sneeze at — packing dried herbs as gifts

Filed under: Herbs — bob @ 3:52 am

Actually, there was a lot of sneezing going on. Have you ever tried crushing a one gallon zip lock bag full of dried cayenne pepper and packing the resulting product into tiny containers?

Today we prepared and packed herbs to be given away for people to use for preparing their holiday meals.

There was about a dozen or so packets each of sage, rosemary, cilantro, cayenne, and oregano. We also picked coriander seed this fall, but it is very tedious and time consuming to pick any kind of volume. We ended up with only about a snack-sized zip lock bag full of coriander.

I sowed two flats of thyme late in the summer but never got them planted, they have been frozen and snowed on but still look happy outside. I wouldn’t recommend doing it that way. I will probably pot most of them into larger pots sometime during the next couple of weeks. I’m sure we should be able to harvest enough for our personal use later on this winter.

The plan this spring is to expand the number of varieties of herbs we plant.

Freshly dried, home grown herbs are a delight!
Rhyming and thyming,


small recloseable bags


  1. Bob, you wrote this with such zest, you spicy ol’ sage … ;-) BTW, have you ever tried Malibar Island pepper? It’s toward the bottom of and my experience is that it *is* as sneezeless as they claim.

    Comment by Dave — December 12, 2006 @ 9:11 am

  2. We haven’t tried the Malabar pepper yet, sounds wonderful as do the other blends at Alden.

    Comment by Bob — December 12, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

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