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Herbal Oil Infusions

  As a rural woman, fall is a busy time of year with harvesting.  Harvesting our grain crops, our vegetable garden & wild herbs.  Gathering the crops is one thing but processing and preparing it is another.  I will be canning, fermenting & freezing many vegetables for the winter months.  But as for my wild herbs that I have foraged, it’s a few different methods to preserve my precious plants.  I always dry my wild herbs, this is the safest way to ensure moisture content is gone to prevent any mold or bacterial growth which would spoil it.  Once dried,...

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Saskatoon Berries in Soap

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Saskatoon Berries in Soap

When I think about the Prairies and the most known native plants, I think of the Wild Rose (Alberta’s provincial flower), Silver Willow and its strong perfume and finally the Saskatoon berries.  Somehow, I’ve never seen saskatoons for sale in grocery stores.  You may see the odd jar of Saskatoon jam or syrup but never a basket of berries in the store.  If you want them the end of July, you must find a U-pick farm or go pick wild ones!  If you’re not familiar with saskatoon berries, they are also known as serviceberries and are similar in size to...

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My Heirloom Wild Gooseberry Jam

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My Heirloom Wild Gooseberry Jam

Wild Gooseberries Ribes oxyacanthoides (Canadian Gooseberry) which is in the same family as currents.  Have you eaten them before?  Heard of them?  I feel like they’re a forgotten berry here in Alberta.  I haven’t eaten them since my Grandma would make jam with them when I was a kid, so back in the late 80s.  I’m dating myself there.  Many people have told me “Oh yeah I remember when my Grandma would make that too”.  I’ve read that many homestead locations will have current or gooseberry bushes in the yard as this was a common berry to have back then. ...

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My Herbal Bitters Made A Tasty Mojito

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My Herbal Bitters Made A Tasty Mojito

What are Bitters? Ever heard of bitters before?  Bitters are bitter herbs infused into alcohol and used as a digestive aid, to be taken before or after a meal.  This is a well-known traditional practice in Europe but it is just another one of those herbal secrets that got lost over the generations after moving to the “new world”.  The two times I remember hearing about bitters are when we were traveling, once in Cuba and another time in Germany.  Cuba has their famous Mojito drink and I sure enjoyed them while there.  I remember our bartender telling me the...

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How to Make Rosemary Olive Oil for Summer Salads

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How to Make Rosemary Olive Oil for Summer Salads

By now we probably all have our garden seeds planted here in Alberta and our flower pots and planters looking fabulous on our decks.  Hopefully you planted some herbs being it’s so wonderful having fresh herbs to use in the kitchen, and in herbal preparations like I do.  So I am bringing you an idea today for those fresh herbs, beyond adding the mint to your mojito (which is also a fantastic idea) or basil to your pesto.  Why not try making a herbal infused oil, or vinegar, for your culinary delights?!  We have all seen the flavoured olive oils...

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