Ways to Use Lavender

January 28th, 2012

How to Dry Lavender:

  • Cut flowers in morning – after dew evaporates yet before heat of day

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  • (Rubber) band together in bunches of about a dozen or so stems
  • Hang upside down in a warm dimly lit space with adequate ventilation
  • Dry for one to weeks – until stalks are completely dried
  • Once dried – dislodge the buds by rolling them back/forth in a towel or newspaper
  • Store buds in an air tight container

Use your Hidcote and Munstead lavender plant blooms in late spring and summer dishes. Fresh blooms should be submerged into water for a minute to release any dirt or insects hanging on. Dry the fresh lavender by wrapping them in a towel and lightly squeezing them. Lavender mixes beautifully with herbs such as rosemarythyme and oregano.

Use fresh or dried lavender in the following dishes:

  • Chicken (especially roasted chicken – my favorite!)
  • Tuna or other strong flavored fish
  • Salads (fresh lavender preferably)
  • Stews
  • Custards
  • Sorbets
  • Chocolate
  • Jelly
  • Sweets – cookies and cakes
  • Heavy sauces (usually made with alcohol reductions/heavy creams)
  • Breads
  • Lavender honey – heat clean fresh blooms (no chemicals used) in regular or other flavored honey on low until lightly simmering. Strain flowers or leave in honey. Cool and enjoy.

 

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