HOW TO CLEAN FEATHERS
BLEACH & VINEGAR
My friend gave me a large bag of turkey feathers, compliments of her sons hunting expeditions. I like to sanitize feathers that come from the field or farm before using them in crafting projects or floral arrangements. The long tail feathers (shown above) are the easiest to clean.
The wing feathers must be separated in order to sterilize them. It is surprising how many different types of feathers are on the same bird. I try to clean and preserve a variety.
Here is my method for cleaning feathers. I suggest working in the garage or basement rather than in your kitchen.
HOW TO CLEAN FEATHERS
- Freeze the feathers 48 hours to kill germs or lice. (Winter shed or basement freezer)
- Brush feathers to remove any dirt. (Washing them would remove the oils)
- Soak quills in bleach for 24 hours, then dip in vinegar to neutralize the bleach.
- Wear gloves and wash hands thoroughly after handling the feathers.
I recommend using commercially sterilized feathers when making pillows, comforts, and clothing. How do you clean and preserve feathers? I'm sure there are many ways and methods.
A penny for your thoughts today,
DIY HERB & SPICE RACK
CANNING JARS & SALT SHAKERS
Dried herbs require a lot of storage space in the kitchen. I recently organized my spice rack in the pantry. Here's how I creatively displayed all my freshly dried herbs from the garden.
First, I transferred all my dried herbs and spices to glass canning jars and old salt shakers. In my opinion, glass jars seal their contents better than plastic containers. Instead of printing tags, I labeled the jar lids with my own handwriting.
Finally, I arranged the spice shakers and pinch pots on an old shelf retrieved from attic storage. To create an appealing cupboard, I made sure all my lids were either silver or black. Here are some photos of this year's bountiful harvest.
Dried Oregano Leaves
This herb & spice rack is a great time saver in preparing meals. I hope it inspires you to not only dry your garden herbs, but to creatively display them for easy convenience.
Spice up your life with herbs,
PRESERVING GARDEN HERBS
Herbal vinegar is a great way to preserve the last garden herbs of the season and it is so easy to make. I suggest buying a quality red wine vinegar for this recipe. Always use glass bottles and never use metal utensils in the preparation process. Recycled vinegar jars and wine bottles with cork lids are perfect for homemade herbal vinegars. Here is my simple method:
EASY DILL VINEGAR
1 bottle of quality vinegar (red, white, or apple cider)
4 - 5 sprigs of fresh dill
Tie the dill stems together with cotton thread.
Make an herb bundle by wrapping the string around the dill.
Tie a knot and leave a long tail for removing the dill before cutting the string.
Insert the dill bundle into the glass bottle.
Pour one or two cups of your favorite vinegar over the dill bundle.
Place the vinegar on a sunny window sill for two weeks. Mix the flavors by shaking the bottle every day. Remove the dill bundle when the flavor is to you're liking.
Herbal vinegars are delicious on salads and can be stored on the counter top. Best if used within 3 months.
Dill vinegar boost the immune system and protects against bone degradation and arthritis.
Eat herbs and stay healthy,
ROSEMARY INFUSED OLIVE OIL
PRESERVING GARDEN HERBS
Infusing olive oil is a wonderful way to preserve the fresh taste of herbs from the garden. This oil becomes a perfect base for homemade salad dressings and marinades. I like it drizzled over crusty breads.
1 cup Olive Oil
1 sprig Rosemary
Garlic and Lemon peel
Mix together and let infuse at room temperature for 24 hours. Refrigerate and use within a week to avoid the dangers of botulism. Using dried herbs, vinegar, and salt all help to prevent bacterial growth if you wish to store for longer periods.
Clip a sturdy sprig of fresh rosemary. Make sure there are no blighted leaves or bugs on the stem.
Tie a long piece of cotton thread onto the stem before inserting it into a jar or bottle.
Let the string drape over the side of the bottle so you can remove the herbs in a few days when they begin to turn dark.
Pour one cup of your favorite olive oil over the rosemary.
Cap the bottle and let the Rosemary infuse for several days before using.
Store in the refrigerator and use within a week or two. Remove the herbs when they darken in color.
Food is better with herbs.
Eat well and be healthy,