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#1 of 7 Old 10-09-2007, 03:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I planted a small sage plant last year, and I was totally surprised that it came back this summer. Not only did it grow back, but it is quite large! I have harvested a few leaves here and there for recipes, but I am at a loss as to what to do with this crop.

I know the frost is coming, so any ideas on what to do with lots and lots (and lots) of sage would be very appreciated! I hate to waste it.
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Well, you could simply dry it and use it in cooking like you would sry sage from the grocery store. You could use cotton or other natural fiber thread to bundle the sage into smudge sticks. Either smudge sticks or cooking sage can be a nice gift. Sage is nice as a tea had has healing properties.

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I'm so jealous! I've tried to grow sage the past two years and didn't even get a tiny sprout...I've been dying to use it for cooking and making smudge sticks! How did you grow it?

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A sage wreath is a really fun way to use it up. Take a premade straw wreath and use floral wire or floral tacks to attach the sage all around the wreath. You can add dried flowers on top of that. You should be able to find all the supplies at Michael's or any craft store.
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Either smudge sticks or cooking sage can be a nice gift.
... along with your favorite recipes and healing suggestions, If I might add ...
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I'm so jealous! I've tried to grow sage the past two years and didn't even get a tiny sprout...I've been dying to use it for cooking and making smudge sticks! How did you grow it?
I'm not much of a green thumb! This plant just took off on its own. It's planted next to my deck and gets unlimited amounts of sunlight. I water it weekly. There are hardly any plants near it to compete for root space. It's more of a bush than a plant. I can actually smell it when I walk onto my deck.

I will try the smudge stick idea.
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I've had them in restaurants and they are soooo tasty! The simplest recipes just call for dropping them into hot fat/oil and deep fry a couple minutes, but if you do an online search there are many variations (will different types of batter, etc.)

I agree that they dry well too so you can harvest enough to get you through until winter (or here, they stay green so I can just go pick them as needed).

I always intended to make the fried leaves but I killed my big sage plant when I tried to transplant it It was huge and old and kind of diseased inside it seemed anyway, so now I am starting over with a new plant - I could harvest them, but only a few (maybe for one meal! )

I love smudges but usually use a different kind of sage - like the white sage brush that grows here in the desert part of the state. I've never tried it with regular culinary sage, but if my plant ever gets big enough again I will

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