A small lush evergreen shrub with an awesome relaxing aroma and calming beautiful taste that stimulates dopamine.
Thyme has been around since forever and ancient people such as Greeks and Egyptians used this delicious herb.
The uses of thyme are endless; it is used as a flavor in food, burnt as incense, used in cosmetics, brewed as tea, used as a cleaning agent and to top it off, it has tons of medicinal benefits.
To Make Fresh Thyme Last Longer
It is very simple to make fresh thyme last longer, just do this simple trick whenever you purchase fresh thyme from the farmers market or from the supermarket.
Remove it from its package and shake off any loosed or dried up leaves. Place the root section of the thyme in a mason jar that is half full of water, then place it in the fridge. Change the water every three days. This can last up to six weeks or more if kept in the jar of water in the fridge!
Uses of Thyme In the Garden
- Creates an awesome aromatic scent in your garden
- Attracts pollinators to your garden; bringing bees and butterflies which gives such a lively and vibrant vibe to your outdoor garden. The fact that these beautiful creatures pollinate your garden is a plus.
- Repels lots of garden bugs such as; cabbage loopers, cabbage maggots, corn earworms, tomato hornworms, whiteflies and more
How to repel
- For more passive repellent, plant thyme all over the garden and surround your cabbage and tomato crops.
- For alternative epellents, you may crush or blend half a cup of fresh thyme in 2 cups of water, add one teaspoon of dish soap and strain and apply to plants from a spray bottle.
Uses of thyme in the kitchen
Make herb butter; Thyme adds great taste and flavor when it is added to your butter, just chop off the greener parts of the thyme stems, cut them very finely and mix them into your butter at room temperature.
Portion ratio does not need to be exact at all so you can add 1 cup chopped thyme to two cups of room temperature butter. Or tweak it as you wish to suit your cooking needs. It is now ready to be used in pasta, potatoes, bread, vegetable dished and so on.
Make thyme lemon salt
1/2 cup fine sea salt
2 medium lemon zest
24 sprigs of thyme leave removed
1 Teaspoon onion powder
Combine all ingredients and store in a cool dry place in an airtight container at room temperature.
Sauces and soups
Thyme can be paired with lots of sauces and soups such as citrus sauces, cream sauces, garlic sauces, barbeque sauces, butter sauces, jerk sauces tomato sauce and even peppercorn sauce.
Thyme can be used in soups such as potato soups, pumpkin soups, peas soups, leafy green soups, mushroom soups, and lots of other soups.
Salads and Dressings
Thyme makes an awesome addition to salads such as tomato salads, chilled mongo salads, cucumber salads and so much more.
Bread and Pasta
use thyme to boost the flavor of pasta and bread; from French bread to Foccacia bread to all sorts of pasta. The taste of fresh thyme on any starch especially when warm can be quiet seductive.
Use thyme when cooking rice, stews, stocks, frying, roasting, baking, poaching, blanching, grilling and all other methods of cooking that the brain can possibly come up with. The list is endless when it comes to thyme. From a quick saute in your cast iron skillet to nice long and slow stewing in your slow cooker. Thyme makes quite the difference in flavor and enhancement to any food.
Add to dried seasoning mixes
Make a powder by blending dried thyme and adding it to your dried seasoning mixes to spruce up the flavorful goodness! For dried jerk seasoning mixed you do not have to make a powder, just add the thyme leaves.
Make herb Wreath
Add a touch of rustic farmhouse style to your home decor. Use Thyme along with other aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme, chili peppers, basil and so on.
So what are some of the creative ways that you use thyme in your home?