Salad Spinner

Salad Spinner
Salad Spinner

Reaping the Benefits of Your Home Herb Garden

It has been weeks, maybe months – sometimes years - since you first started your home herb garden.

You toiled and slaved to make them flourish, you experienced the thrill of seeing the first sprout grow, and the heartache of seeing them whilt away. You learned the ropes; you made everything work despite your ‘ungreen thumb’ and you became somewhat of an herb expert in the local sapling club of your town.

Now, after all you’ve accomplished, a question hangs…

What do you do with your herbs?

Harvesting herbs is the next step in your herb garden journey. Having a home herb garden is pretty much like having your own health food grocery store.

Herbs are extremely useful, and each has their own uses. But to harvest them isn’t as simple as plucking the leaves out whenever you feel like it. You can do it of course, but only if you intend to use your plants just once.

But if you plan to harvest your home herb garden regularly, timing is crucial.

The best time to harvest your herbs is on a calm, dry midsummer morning because wind and heat have the tendency to disperse the herb’s essential oils.

On extremely wet days, herbs produce less oils, so harvesting herbs after the dew has dries and before the flowers open is strongly suggested. When harvesting, you should be conscious not to take more than one-third of the foliage.

Harvesting the whole plant obviously is not a good idea. The plants need foliage to re-grow well. Be sure also to check the plant and leaves for insects, diseases and damaged leaves before harvesting, and to take the proper steps to remove them if found.

Once you harvest your home herb garden, it doesn’t mean you would have to use them right away.

You can always store and preserve your harvest for later use.

There are three ways people use employ when preserving herbs for later use; drying, freezing and preserving them in salt or vinegar (much like pickling).

To start preserving, begin by bundling six to twelve stems together making sure to remove the foliage at the base of the stems. Secure them using string or special bundling cords for plants that are available in your local gardening store.

Hang the bundles in a cool place away from sunlight. Drying individual leaves, placing them in a screen or special rack is best. Be sure to turn the leaves or bundles regularly to ensure a proper and balanced drying process.
To make the most of their home herb garden some people who resort to using microwaves or ovens to speed up the drying process, but these methods tend to yield unsatisfactory results.

Freezing herbs is a more simple process of preservation.

You cut your herbs into 1.4 inch pieces, put them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper, and put them in a freezer. Once frozen, you can bundle them into plastic bags and place in the freezer again to save space.

The third way is via a certain medium like salt or vinegar.

Chopped herbs like mint, basil or tarragon can be covered with vinegar and it will be preserved for several months. You can also use salt by alternating layers between the salt and the herbs.

When it is dry, you can then separate the salt from the herbs and store them in an airtight container.

But what if you wish to use them straight from home herb garden?

First, you should clean the herbs carefully before using in any recipe. Cleaning them requires you to place them in a bowl filled with water.

If the herbs are too many to fit in a bowl, the sink can suffice. Then put two tablespoonfuls of salt in the water.

The salt will drive away whatever insects are in the herbs without damaging the plants. Once clean, remove the herbs and dry them in a salad spinner, or you can toss them by hand if you don’t have a salad spinner.

Remember, different herbs require different approaches.

What is mentioned above is generally true for all, but to be sure, know what kind of herb you wish to harvest and prepare and learn all you can about it.

Caring for a home herb garden is both beneficial & rewarding and reaping what you sow is good, but learn how to reap them properly lest you lose them.

About the Author

Peter Bourke is a passionate herb gardening expert... for more information about a home herb garden visit www.WhatAreHerbs.com

Better small appliance? Salad Shooter or Salad Spinner?

Salad spinner, hands down. You always need to wash your greens, and even the bagged stuff tastes better if it's been refreshed in cold water. Drying is a real pain without a spinner. If you don't want to take the time to cut up veg for a salad, you aren't going to want to take the time you'd need to clean up a salad shooter. Better to just raid your supermarket salad bar or buy some bagged, already cut up veggies in the produce department.


Carrot Cucumber Sharpener Kitchen Gadget Tool Vegetable Fruit Curl Peeler Slicer
Carrot Cucumber Sharpener Kitchen Gadget Tool Vegetable Fruit Curl Peeler Slicer
$0.74 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 35m

The Pampered Chef Ultimate Slice and Grate Mandoline 1085 Kitchen Gadget Tool
The Pampered Chef Ultimate Slice and Grate Mandoline 1085 Kitchen Gadget Tool
$14.66
Time Remaining: 54m

EZ Egg Cracker Handheld York  White Separator On TV Kitchen Gadget Tool NEW
EZ Egg Cracker Handheld York White Separator On TV Kitchen Gadget Tool NEW
$4.25 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 54m

NORPRO stainless STEEL funnel with REMOVABLE spout KITCHEN gadget
NORPRO stainless STEEL funnel with REMOVABLE spout KITCHEN gadget
$10.99
Time Remaining: 57m
Buy It Now for only: $10.99

300g 01g Spoon Shape Design LCD Kitchen Food Measuri Digital Weight Scale
300g 01g Spoon Shape Design LCD Kitchen Food Measuri Digital Weight Scale
$7.79
Time Remaining: 1h 3m

EZ Egg Cracker Handheld York  White Separator On TV Kitchen Gadget Tool NEW
EZ Egg Cracker Handheld York White Separator On TV Kitchen Gadget Tool NEW
$5.00 (20 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 4m

6 Cup Donut Pan Nonstick Baking Pan Doughnut Bakeware Kitchen Tools
6 Cup Donut Pan Nonstick Baking Pan Doughnut Bakeware Kitchen Tools
$15.99
Time Remaining: 1h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $15.99

SELECT HOME 25 PIECE KITCHEN KNIFE CUTLERY GADGETS TOOLS SET NEW IN BOX BLACK
SELECT HOME 25 PIECE KITCHEN KNIFE CUTLERY GADGETS TOOLS SET NEW IN BOX BLACK
$24.99
Time Remaining: 1h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99

Stainless Steel Kitchen Easy Gadget Pineapple Fruit Peeler Slicer Corer Cutter
Stainless Steel Kitchen Easy Gadget Pineapple Fruit Peeler Slicer Corer Cutter
$4.99
Time Remaining: 1h 43m

Kitchen Digital Scales Kitchen Dining Bar Catering Gadgets Catering Home Garden
Kitchen Digital Scales Kitchen Dining Bar Catering Gadgets Catering Home Garden
$28.69
Time Remaining: 1h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $28.69

FRUIT VEGETABLE JUICER Extractor Kitchen Appliance Gadget Tools Home Countertop
FRUIT VEGETABLE JUICER Extractor Kitchen Appliance Gadget Tools Home Countertop
$45.99
Time Remaining: 1h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $45.99

Kitchen Counter Tools Serving Set Mixing Cooking Utensils Baking Gadgets Spoons
Kitchen Counter Tools Serving Set Mixing Cooking Utensils Baking Gadgets Spoons
$36.95
Time Remaining: 1h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $36.95

Junk drawer vtg kitchen gadgetsowl trivetcheese slicermeasuring spoons wade
Junk drawer vtg kitchen gadgetsowl trivetcheese slicermeasuring spoons wade
$15.00
Time Remaining: 2h 3m

New Cake Pie Slicer Sheet Guide Cutter Server Bread Slice Knife Kitchen Gadget
New Cake Pie Slicer Sheet Guide Cutter Server Bread Slice Knife Kitchen Gadget
$0.01
Time Remaining: 2h 6m

GIR Spatula Red Home Kitchen Tools  Gadgets Utensils Dining  Bar
GIR Spatula Red Home Kitchen Tools Gadgets Utensils Dining Bar
$36.97
Time Remaining: 2h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $36.97

TV One Touch Can Opener Kitchen Gadgets As Seen On
TV One Touch Can Opener Kitchen Gadgets As Seen On
$12.99
Time Remaining: 2h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

Norpro Cut N Slice Flexible Cutting Boards Set of 3 Home Kitchen Tools
Norpro Cut N Slice Flexible Cutting Boards Set of 3 Home Kitchen Tools
$14.97
Time Remaining: 2h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $14.97

Oceanstar Bamboo Cooking Utensil Set 7 Piece Home Kitchen Tools
Oceanstar Bamboo Cooking Utensil Set 7 Piece Home Kitchen Tools
$18.97
Time Remaining: 2h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $18.97

OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Silicone Spatula Set Home Kitchen Tools
OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Silicone Spatula Set Home Kitchen Tools
$23.97
Time Remaining: 2h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $23.97

OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Flexible Turner Home Kitchen Tools
OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Flexible Turner Home Kitchen Tools
$20.97
Time Remaining: 2h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $20.97

OXO Good Grips Multi Purpose Pastry Scraper Chopper Home Kitchen Tools
OXO Good Grips Multi Purpose Pastry Scraper Chopper Home Kitchen Tools
$18.97
Time Remaining: 2h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $18.97

Completer Kit Kitchen Set Kitchenware Gadgets 12 Pc Gift Ideas Spatulas Whisk
Completer Kit Kitchen Set Kitchenware Gadgets 12 Pc Gift Ideas Spatulas Whisk
$24.99
Time Remaining: 2h 14m

Cake Pie Slicer Sheet Guide Cutter Server Bread Slice Knife Kitchen Gadget Tools
Cake Pie Slicer Sheet Guide Cutter Server Bread Slice Knife Kitchen Gadget Tools
$0.01
Time Remaining: 2h 15m

Stainless Steel Fruit Pineapple Peeler Corer Slicer Cutter Kitchen Gadget SA
Stainless Steel Fruit Pineapple Peeler Corer Slicer Cutter Kitchen Gadget SA
$4.77
Time Remaining: 2h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $4.77

Kikkerland CAFE clip STAINLESS steel COFFEE and TEA scoop KITCHEN gadget TOOL
Kikkerland CAFE clip STAINLESS steel COFFEE and TEA scoop KITCHEN gadget TOOL
$5.99
Time Remaining: 2h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $5.99

Large Melon Slicer Everday Gourmet Kitchen Gadgets Watermelon Honeydew Pineapple
Large Melon Slicer Everday Gourmet Kitchen Gadgets Watermelon Honeydew Pineapple
$16.49
Time Remaining: 2h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $16.49

DIY Sushi Roller Cutter Machine Gadgets Kitchen Tool Perfect Magic Roll Maker
DIY Sushi Roller Cutter Machine Gadgets Kitchen Tool Perfect Magic Roll Maker
$5.57
Time Remaining: 2h 52m
Buy It Now for only: $5.57

Lemon Lime White Porcelain Reamer Bar Kitchen Tool Gadget Mint Condition
Lemon Lime White Porcelain Reamer Bar Kitchen Tool Gadget Mint Condition
$1.99
Time Remaining: 3h
Buy It Now for only: $3.50

2 Full Stick Butter Slicers Uniform Slices Wire Cutter Kitchen Tool Gadget Metal
2 Full Stick Butter Slicers Uniform Slices Wire Cutter Kitchen Tool Gadget Metal
$8.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3h 7m

TV One Touch Can Opener Kitchen Gadgets As Seen On
TV One Touch Can Opener Kitchen Gadgets As Seen On
$12.99
Time Remaining: 3h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

VINTAGE ESTATE LOT JUNK DRAWER COLLECTIBLE KITCHEN TOOL GADGET TOOLS SLICERS ETC
VINTAGE ESTATE LOT JUNK DRAWER COLLECTIBLE KITCHEN TOOL GADGET TOOLS SLICERS ETC
$19.99
Time Remaining: 3h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99

Kitchenaid Classic Nylon Ladle Black New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
Kitchenaid Classic Nylon Ladle Black New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
$13.42
Time Remaining: 3h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $13.42

Microwave Cooking Pots Kitchen Gadget Tools Cookware Accessories 3 Bowls w lids
Microwave Cooking Pots Kitchen Gadget Tools Cookware Accessories 3 Bowls w lids
$19.95
Time Remaining: 3h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $19.95

Meat Hammer Mallet Beef Tenderizer Chicken Steak Beater Kitchen Gadget Tool LJN
Meat Hammer Mallet Beef Tenderizer Chicken Steak Beater Kitchen Gadget Tool LJN
$7.67
Time Remaining: 3h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $7.67

Kitchen Tool Gadget Sponge Holder Suction Cup Sink Holder LJN
Kitchen Tool Gadget Sponge Holder Suction Cup Sink Holder LJN
$1.13
Time Remaining: 3h 52m
Buy It Now for only: $1.13

MINT in Box PAMPERED CHEF Hold N Slice Unique KITCHEN GADGET
MINT in Box PAMPERED CHEF Hold N Slice Unique KITCHEN GADGET
$2.99
Time Remaining: 3h 55m

Wusthof Wooden Kitchen Utensil  Gadget Cup Holder Caddy Crock
Wusthof Wooden Kitchen Utensil Gadget Cup Holder Caddy Crock
$9.00
Time Remaining: 4h 2m

TV One Touch Can Opener Kitchen Gadgets As Seen On
TV One Touch Can Opener Kitchen Gadgets As Seen On
$12.99
Time Remaining: 4h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

EZ Egg Cracker Handheld York  White Separator On TV Kitchen Gadget Tool NEW
EZ Egg Cracker Handheld York White Separator On TV Kitchen Gadget Tool NEW
$5.66
Time Remaining: 4h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $5.66

11 PIECE kitchen gadgets 3 sized bowls 6 measuring cups and S
11 PIECE kitchen gadgets 3 sized bowls 6 measuring cups and S
$15.00
Time Remaining: 4h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $15.00

carrot Cucumber Sharpener Peeler Kitchen Gadget Tool Vegetable Fruit Curl Slicer
carrot Cucumber Sharpener Peeler Kitchen Gadget Tool Vegetable Fruit Curl Slicer
$0.16 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 35m

New Shredded knives ONION CHIVES Device Slicer Kitchen Chopping Gadget AD114
New Shredded knives ONION CHIVES Device Slicer Kitchen Chopping Gadget AD114
$1.75 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 44m

Vintage EKCO Tongs AJ Stamped Kitchen Gadget Utensil Serrated Edge FREE Ship
Vintage EKCO Tongs AJ Stamped Kitchen Gadget Utensil Serrated Edge FREE Ship
$9.99
Time Remaining: 4h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99

4 slice toaster black toasters sunbeam appliances kitchen gadgets decor kitchen
4 slice toaster black toasters sunbeam appliances kitchen gadgets decor kitchen
$48.99
Time Remaining: 4h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $48.99

OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
$24.20
Time Remaining: 5h
Buy It Now for only: $24.20

OXO SteeL Pie Server New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets Tool Gadget
OXO SteeL Pie Server New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets Tool Gadget
$21.93
Time Remaining: 5h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $21.93

Kitchenaid Tools Utensils  Gadget Set Black Kitchen Spoon Can Opener Measuring
Kitchenaid Tools Utensils Gadget Set Black Kitchen Spoon Can Opener Measuring
$50.48
Time Remaining: 5h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $50.48

NIP RED STAR BREAD SANDWICH SHAPE CUTTER CRUST COOKIES KITCHEN GADGETS TOOLS
NIP RED STAR BREAD SANDWICH SHAPE CUTTER CRUST COOKIES KITCHEN GADGETS TOOLS
$2.46
Time Remaining: 5h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $2.46

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Turner New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Turner New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
$17.34
Time Remaining: 5h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $17.34

Carrot Cucumber Sharpener Peeler Kitchen Gadget Tool Vegetable Fruit Curl Slicer
Carrot Cucumber Sharpener Peeler Kitchen Gadget Tool Vegetable Fruit Curl Slicer
$0.80 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 21m

RSVP Endurance Egg Rings set of 4 New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets Tool
RSVP Endurance Egg Rings set of 4 New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets Tool
$22.45
Time Remaining: 5h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $22.45

Toddy Rubber Stoppers 12 pack New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets Bar Wine
Toddy Rubber Stoppers 12 pack New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets Bar Wine
$54.85
Time Remaining: 5h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $54.85

WMF Profi Plus Fish Turner 11 1 2 Inch New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
WMF Profi Plus Fish Turner 11 1 2 Inch New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
$30.54
Time Remaining: 5h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $30.54

Progressive International Grater Set New Graters Gadgets Utensils Dining Kitchen
Progressive International Grater Set New Graters Gadgets Utensils Dining Kitchen
$61.56
Time Remaining: 5h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $61.56

Silicone Trivet Hot Pads W Dots Kitchen Cooking Bakeware Heat Resistant Gadget
Silicone Trivet Hot Pads W Dots Kitchen Cooking Bakeware Heat Resistant Gadget
$1.04 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 30m

Reeds Rocket Nutcracker New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets Specialty
Reeds Rocket Nutcracker New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets Specialty
$30.25
Time Remaining: 5h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $30.25

OXO Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
OXO Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
$24.15
Time Remaining: 5h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $24.15

Trudeau Pepper Mill Salt Shaker Set New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
Trudeau Pepper Mill Salt Shaker Set New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
$96.15
Time Remaining: 5h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $96.15

Set of 6 Safe Nylon Kitchen Utensil Cutlery Kit Cooking Hand Tool Dining Gadgets
Set of 6 Safe Nylon Kitchen Utensil Cutlery Kit Cooking Hand Tool Dining Gadgets
$17.99
Time Remaining: 5h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99

Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Cheese Maker New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Cheese Maker New Home Kitchen Dining Utensils Gadgets
$28.41
Time Remaining: 5h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $28.41

"In Association with Amazon"

Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
List Price: $49.88
Sale Price: $29.95
You save: $19.93 (40%)
 
Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater
List Price: $14.88
Sale Price: $8.86
You save: $6.02 (40%)
 
Chef'n Stem Gem Strawberry Huller Chef'n Stem Gem Strawberry Huller
List Price: $7.99
Sale Price: $1.00
You save: $6.99 (87%)
 
Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks
List Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $12.95
You save: $5.04 (28%)
 
OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter, Black OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter, Black
List Price: $12.99
Sale Price: $7.50
You save: $5.49 (42%)
 
OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner
List Price: $9.99
Sale Price: $6.00
You save: $3.99 (40%)
 
OXO Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer OXO Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer
List Price: $7.99
Sale Price: $5.98
You save: $2.01 (25%)
 
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 6-Piece Bakeware Set Simply Calphalon Nonstick 6-Piece Bakeware Set
List Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $29.95
You save: $0.04 (%)
 
OXO Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush OXO Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush
List Price: $7.99
Sale Price: $4.98
You save: $3.01 (38%)
 
Amco Stainless Steel 5-Piece Utensil Set Amco Stainless Steel 5-Piece Utensil Set
List Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $9.99
You save: $6.00 (38%)
 



Thank You
We hope you found the
Salad Spinner

you were looking for.