We all know how healthy the scent of herbs can be, and this time of the year especially with all the holiday recipes, I use a lot of different kinds of herbs. Have you ever hesitated to make a recipe because it calls for 1 or more fresh herbs? Perhaps you have them in the garden…perhaps not. You’re at the store just about to buy some and your mind says: “but that is so much, I’ll never use it up, it is a waste.”
Well, no more, announcing the Herbal Nosegay for a holiday gift idea, or your own kitchen, bathroom, any room in your house. With these simple steps, you can use those extra herbs in the best way, next to cooking.
Even if you have fresh herbs in your garden, they need to be trimmed and cut back for better growth…again… comes in the Herbal bouquet for your counter.
First: the nosegay has an interesting history. The term literally means a "gay or happy nose". This is because men and women carried nosegays in medieval times to mask unpleasant odors.
Nosegays were popular fashion accessories during the Victorian period. Their mothers taught women of this era how to create these beautiful arrangements to enhance their personal beauty and the beauty of their home. Creating a nosegay is an easy way to craft an arrangement to put in a small vase. They can also be given as gifts.
- Start with a miniature vase, small jar, or container. You don’t need to spend money on anything. Usually I have some sort of small bottle lying around. It is best if the opening is small. What did you do with that last bottle of dried herbs you finished? I once used a Tabasco bottle, washed thoroughly, it worked great, and leaving on the label gave it character. On the other hand, if you wish, go to Michaels, Tall Mouse or any craft store and purchase a bottle with a small opening; good time to pick up some paints or labels for decorations too.
- Wash the herbs you wish to bouquet and trim the stems so they are long enough to sit almost to the bottom, or at least half way. (that way you don’t have to refill the water so often.)
- Fill bottle with water, and arrange the bouquet as you wish.
Whalla--- you’ve got a miniature herb arrangement that you can pick up whenever and fill your senses with a whiff.
You can leave one next to the stove and even pinch off what you need the next time you cook. Check the water every couple of days to keep fresh. Mine usually last about 2 or 3 weeks.
I also keep one (using my mint, sweet basil, rosemary and a flower from my garden) sitting in my guest bathroom.