During my week off work, I got my refrigerator and freezer cleaned out. I was pleased to find the pesto my husband and I made this summer, and froze in about 2 T. mounds on a cookie sheet, then put in a freezer bag. I couldn't find them when I was looking for them other day. I also took one of the packages of caramelized onions out of the freezer. I had a bumper crop of onions this year. I also have several bags of chopped onions, and also peppers, that I froze on cookie sheets first, like the pesto. I had some extra pasta from another meal I cooked, that I put the thawed onions and unthawed pesto in, and microwaved it all. It turned out pretty good.
I was feeling pretty good about remembering to use the food I had preserved. I don't make new year resolutions, but thought to myself that I'd like to remember to use the herbs I've dried this year. Yesterday, I cleaned out my herb cupboard, and threw out most of the herbs that didn't get used the past couple of years. There was an assortment of herbs that were extras from meals, that I had put in the silver colander shown in the photo after they dried on a paper plate. I put them in a couple jars I washed from herbs I threw out. Then, I wished I'd have taken a pic first, so I found another bowl of herbs that I had used part off of and left in a bowl.
Next, I went around and took down other herbs to put into containers. I have read you shouldn't put herbs into plastic containers, and they shouldn't be exposed to light. I don't always do things the correct way. I am not organized or resourceful enough. My herbs are dry and in containers now, and I am happy. The herb below is summer savory. I use it mostly for green beans.
The next 3 pics show tarragon:
It's nice to have these put away so they don't get dusty.
Most of the herbs on the left are from my garden, including the bay leaves. The ones from today are on the lower shelf.
May you all remember to use the herbs and other produce you have preserved in any way.
(I enlarged the pics, and they are not so clear, except for the lid that has something on it, and my watering can looks quite dirty. I guess I need to resolve to keep things cleaner, or at least clean them before taking pics. LOL)