Friday, September 9, 2011

Putting Up My Crop

Yes, Crop. Singular.

 I have a lot of flowers, but not much of anything edible.
Recently I read this post at The Summer Porch and it inspired me to drop everything, go out on the deck and cut a few sprigs from my basil plant before it succumbs to our cooler evenings.  Well, OK, I cut down  the whole squatty basil plant...........the whole plant was only two sprigs...not my most successful basil planting.  Nonetheless...
I washed it, dried it, and pushed it into this mini wine bottle that I saved from a Christmas gift two years ago (thanks Chris!).

Then I poured some Rice Wine Vinegar over it (Rosemary suggested the rice vinegar was a good one to use).

Here is it all corked up and beginning its infusion stage.
Isn't it beautiful?  I am in awe.  It is so easy to do.  Rosemary said to leave it for about three weeks, then strain the vinegar into a clean bottle.   Thanks for this great idea, Rosemary.  My tiny little basil plant will soon turn into a wonderful basil vinaigrette dressing.  Rosemary gives suggestions for more fancy herb combinations for those who have a real herb garden.  She has pretty bottles, too.  I think you would enjoy a visit to her blog.

Last week I was gifted with some tomatoes and green beans--twice in one week. We had more beans than we could eat .
I just cannot throw away fresh garden veggies!  So I cut them up, blanched them and froze them for later this winter. 
I got three servings for two people.  We will really appreciate these beans come December!

Yesterday I received the refund checks from Breck's.

So they really did stand behind their product, sending a complete refund in a very timely manner.
All in all, life is good in my little corner of the world.


  1. Oh that was a great idea about infusing your basil. I used mine throughout the summer and freeze it between press n' seal in a small container for winter use. I may have to save a few sprigs for infusion. I think the rosemary looks good for me this year.
    Yay, that was a fast refund. I see it came from Pittsburgh. ; )

  2. Yum, that basil vinegar will be so good.
    I cannot even think about the end of the basil! I make bags of pesto. Love me some pesto!
    I saw on GardenWatchDog that Brecks will stop selling to people if they feel they are abusing the guarantee. Sheesh!

  3. Those beans and tomatoes look wonderful and I like the basil infused vinegar. Some good eating ahead!


I appreciate you taking the time and effort to leave a comment. I will try to answer any questions you have. Please note due to Blogger changing word verification so almost nobody can read it, I have had to change to no word verification and only allow registered users to comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...