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GardengirlSue
Western NY
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Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:37 am   


Hi everyone, I'm new here, my name is Sue.

I was wondering how you save your sage at the end of the season. Do you dry it or freeze it or both?

I have some seeds started waiting to be planted outside soon. Just not sure how to preserve it.

Thanks and nice to meet you!
Sue




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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
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Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:10 pm   


Welcome Sue, so nice to meet you, too, glad you've joined the group.

Sage can be frozen or dried, it's all a matter of personal preference.
I like the flavor of fresh or frozen sage, myself.
I think the taste is quite a bit different than the dried.

Maybe try some each way, and see which you like better?

To freeze, just rinse and pat dry the whole leaves,
then put them in a resealable freezer bag.
There is no need to thaw before using.

To dry sage, hang the stalks upside down in a dry, dark place
and crumble the leaves into jars when it's completely dried out.

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GardengirlSue
Western NY
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Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:21 pm   


ZuZu said:
just rinse and pat dry the whole leaves,
then put them in a resealable freezer bag.
There is no need to thaw before using.
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Thanks for the reply ZuZu. I would have frozen them in ice cubes so I'm glad I asked. Sage I like fresh, so frozen is the way to go for me. This is my first year with sage, I have just about everything else I use, so I rarely buy herbs at the store. I tend to only buy sage at Thanksgiving so it'll be fun to find new recipes and ways to use it more often.

Sue

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eileen


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Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:37 pm   


Hello Sue I'm so pleased you've joined us here at GardenStew. Very Happy
I think you've made the right decision to freeze your sage as drying it changes the flavour too much for my liking. I freeze a lot of herbs and use them straight from the freezer and they really do taste lovely.
Looking forward to getting to know you.

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Polly

Michigan
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Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:39 pm   


Since this year will be my first attempt at herbs, I must remember this info. Didn't know I could freeze the leaves whole.

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PinkSun

DC
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Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 6:55 pm   


ZuZu said:
just rinse and pat dry the whole leaves,
then put them in a resealable freezer bag.
There is no need to thaw before using.

This is exactly how I package my sage to keep in the refridgerator...didnt know you could put it in the freezer that way too...that's just great!

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