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« on: April 23, 2007 11:00:17 PM »

Any ideas?
what should I do with about 5 lbs of fresh (well cut 2 days ago and beginning to dry) rosemary branches?  I tried the stovetop steam distillation method (big pot, brick, bowl, ice, inverted lid) and it's slowwwww as hell.  I've got so much and no idea what to do with it.  anyone need some?
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007 11:06:56 PM »

You know, you could get some pretty little glass containers, and make rosemary oil for holiday gifts. You could couple the rosemary, with peppercorns, or pine nuts...make deliciuous flavored oils. Smiley That's what I'd do. You can also make soap with rosemary, as it has beneficial properties...you could make homemade cough syrup with it, or big batches of homemade rosemary tomato sauce...you could make candle luminaries with rosemary sprigs...gorgeous! endless posibilities really!
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2007 11:22:50 PM »

The oil is a great idea. I bet there are ways to make your own rosemary soap or bath salt.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2007 10:24:40 AM »

I've seen little sachet pillows with different herbs in them, and rosemary smells so nice!  Just make a pillow and mix some rosemary in with the stuffing.  They'd make nice gifts!
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2007 10:25:32 AM »

Thanks for the ideas!!!

How long do you think that the oils would last if I made some?  That's probably the most practical thing for me... I think I'd like that!  I've never tried making soaps so it's probably not the right time for me to try a new hobby that is going to require more supplies and more importantly more storage space in my already cluttered craft room.  Luminaries sounds cool too.. but yet again, not ready to pick up MORE hobbies, lol.  Sachets sound great too, as they are already on the way to being dried!

Cooking is really more up my alley.. although I did see that you can use rosemary as a dye for yarn.  That's pretty cool!!

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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2007 10:27:12 AM »

you could cook with it
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2007 10:34:47 AM »

I don't know about rosemary specifically, but I've had olive oil infused with other spices last for literally years if kept in a sealed bottle, or a few months if kept in the fridge.
If you just want to use the rosemary up before it gets too dried out, just make the oil in bottles or jars sealed up tight!

Here's some ideas:
http://kitchen.j321.com/spiced-olive-oil.htm
http://www.salivate.ca/infused_oils.html
http://www.winecountryliving.com/food4/oilt.html (this one even explains how to do it!)

mmm olive oil... I'm hungry now!
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2007 10:59:16 AM »

You could also make jars of sea salt with rosemary in them ... it's on the Martha Stewart site as a wedding favour ...

http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=69fcc137bf22f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=rosemary%20salt&rsc=ns2006_m1

They look really nice and if you are thinking of doing the oils as gifts they could make a pretty pair.
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2007 03:16:02 PM »

where did you find the stovetop method? any links? most are about alcohol and not oils. when i search for oils i only find already made distillers (although i have found most of the parts to create my own online for less than $100! the smallest distiller i found was like $350-400)
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2007 03:53:43 PM »

It looks and smells very nice as a simple greenery in a flower/dried flower arrangement. 

You could dip branches of it in paraffin and use them as firestarters.  It smells nice burning...
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