Thursday, August 25, 2016

What Can You Do With Lavender?

Did you know that not only does lavender smell good it tastes good as a flavor enhancer. Here are some delicious treats: Lavender rub, lavender butter, lavender sugar and lavender syrup. You can also dry lavender for tea infusion as well as infusion for homemade soap and not to mention small pillow sachets for your undergarment drawer.

Lavender Rub: Mix 1 tbs of either fresh or dried lavender buds with 1 tsp of salt and pepper, along with 1/2 tsp of thyme and basil and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. This is a super tasty rub for grilling meats or roasting.

Lavender Butter: Mash together a stick of softened butter with a quarter sized handful of minced fresh or dried lavender buds. Smear the butter on warm biscuits or scones or toasted bread.

Lavender Sugar:  Pour sugar in a pint or quart glass jar. Toss in fresh or dried lavender buds; cover and shake. Let sit on the counter a few weeks shaking occasionally. Sprinkle over fresh fruit or use in your favorite shortbread cookie recipe.

Lavender Syrup: Heat 2 ups of sugar and water, stirring to dissolve. Add a small handful of fresh or dried lavender buds. Pour into a bowl; cover. Let stand 2 to 24 hrs. stain off lavender. Chill up to 2 wks. Swirl syrup in either hot or iced tea.

A few buds in a glass of champagne is lovely on a late summer evening...

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* above source of info coming from: Better Homes and Garden May 2016

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