The Many Uses for Rosemary
Of all the plants in our garden, the hearty rosemary is doing the best. Its woodsy scent is divine, noticeable every time you pass it by. So what to do with a bumper crop of rosemary? Here’s a few of the ways we’re using it this season.
Orange Rosemary Salt Scrub
This recipe for orange rosemary salt scrub couldn’t be easier and makes a great gift. Pulse the dry ingredients in a food processor (1 cup salt, zest of one orange and 1 tsp. rosemary leaves taken off the stem), transfer to a bowl, stir in 1/3 cup olive oil until evenly combined, then place in a jar.
To use, rub a dab on wet hands, rinse and dry. Not only does it smooth and soften your skin, it also smells wonderful.
Lemon Rosemary Room Scent
Leslie made some of these room scents for a past food swap. Place a few sprigs of rosemary and lemon wedges in a jar and fill with water. When ready to use, just simmer the mix in a pot on the stove. Room scents are an instant way to freshen the air in your home and can be reused multiple times!
Rustic Rosemary Sea Salt Crackers
This is one of my favorite ways to use rosemary — the recipe comes from Epicurious. Mix the ingredients in a bowl, divide into three pieces, roll each piece as thin as you can on parchment paper, spread on more oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and rosemary, bake for about 10 minutes.
After the large crackers cool, break into 2-inch pieces and enjoy.
If you don’t eat the entire batch, they still taste crisp and delicious days later if stored in an air-tight container.
To give your cocktails some extra flavor, put a couple sprigs of clean rosemary in a jar, cover with vodka and let sit for a few days. Once the vodka starts to turn yellow, remove the rosemary and discard. The vodka is now ready to use and will last indefinitely. The rosemary flavor is stronger the longer you let it infuse and works well in a Bloody Mary or with lemon juice and simple syrup for a refreshing spring/summer cocktail.
If you have a favorite use for rosemary, let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for more ideas!