Ice Ice Baby

With the dog days of summer upon us, heat waves and droughts are the name of the game and everyone is looking for a way to keep cool. If you have a garden, you are also looking for creative ways to use the fruits of your gardening labor. One of the easiest, tastiest, and most refreshing way to achieve both goals is to make herbal ice cubes. From simple spearmint ice cubes in water, to more artisanal combinations like cucumber and rosemary, these cubes are both palette- and crowd-pleasers.

Making these ice cubes is kind of a no-brainer. Simply harvest the herbs you want to use, rinse, and trim the stems. Some of my favorite combinations include basil and lemongrass, peppermint and thyme, and just plain lavender. Fill ice cube trays halfway with water, sprinkle about a teaspoon of herbs into the water, fill trays to top, and place in freezer until frozen. It really is that easy! Delicious alternatives might be to replace water with whatever beverage you might be serving. White wine, lemonade, and iced tea are tasty and thirst-quenching alternatives.

Herbal ice cubes can also be used in soups, stews, and savory recipes. Consider making extra in order to enjoy your fresh herbs all year long!

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About Becky Jha

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd. She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.

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