When your husband’s grandma asks you to trim her rosemary tree and to take all the extra rosemary, you do it.


When Russ and I went on our Anniversary Road Trip, one of the stops we made was in Oroville where his grandparents live. His grandma has a magical green thumb, where she is able to throw seeds anywhere and they pop up healthy and happy. She also had a big rosemary bush that she asked Russell to trim. He trimmed it and we kept all the “scraps”. We left with two giant bags of rosemary which we lugged with us our entire trip. We’re not complaining since it kept our car smelling nice.

Once we got home, I washed the rosemary, dried them, and stripped them from the twigs.

Rosemary Closeup

Then the problem became: What do I do with all this rosemary? Because seriously, it was a lot of rosemary. I decided to bottle some of it and give it away to friends.

Mason Jars

I reuse my mason jars (from relish, peanut butter, honey, pasta sauce, etc.) in an effort to have less plastic and for storage when I buy bulk grains/nuts. I got some of those jars and stuffed them with rosemary.


Oh, and this still isn’t all of it. There’s still a bunch more I have yet to wash and dry.

Here are other ways I’ve been using my hoard of rosemary:

  • When baking chicken/steak/fish. I put a whole chicken in a crockpot, rub it with rosemary and pepper, cook it for 4 hours on high and it is perfect. I also like baking salmon with a little bit of lemon and rosemary, wrapped in foil for about 15 minutes.
  • Roasting cabbage or cauliflower. It turns out perfect each time.
  • Barbecues. If anything, for the smell of it.
  • Lemon and rosemary infused water. Yum. I don’t like sweet drinks so infusing my water instead of juice is my way of spicing things up.
  • As decoration. Nothing wrong with hanging a bunch of dried flowers around the house.

So if you’re reading this and want a jar or rosemary, I got you.


By Katrina

Mama to 3 boys.

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