Posted by: ktzefr | May 21, 2013

10 Great Uses For Sage

My sage is in bloom.  Every spring it’s full of these gorgeous purple flowers.  This is only one of more than 100 different varieties of sage.  It’s an old plant that I’ve had in the garden for many years.  The leaves are available for cooking almost all year long, though they fade some in the winter.  

Purple Sage; Photo:KFawcett

Purple Sage; Photo:KFawcett

Sage is probably used most at Thanksgiving for dressings and turkey stuffing.  But there are many other things to do with this wonderful herb.  Check out these…

1)  Rub meats — pork, poultry, duck, veal, lamb — with sage before grilling.  You can also add a few sprigs of sage to the grill/fire.

2)  Add to omelets and other egg dishes.

3)  Flavor soup (great in bean soups).

4)  Stick a sprig of sage in fruit-based vinegar.

5)  Toss the pretty purple flowers with salads.

6)  Mix fresh or dried leaves with butter or soft cheese for a flavored spread.

7)  Rub on the skin as an insect repellent.

8)  Hang the dried leaves in the closet to deter moths.

9)  Fry the leaves in a little olive oil and serve alongside pasta or veal scallopine

10) Add to potpourri or handmade soaps and candles.

Just remember that sage is very aromatic and a little bit goes a long way!

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