Here at Copiana, sage is one of our favorite things to grow in our vertical farms. This herb is originally native to the Mediterranean and is part of the mint family, although it has its own distinct taste. It grows in the fall, winter, and spring and is an amazing addition to meat, vegetable, and pasta dishes.
Our Copiana sage bunches are big, and if you’ve picked one up at any of our harvests, you’ll want to make sure you’re using every last bit. Here are 5 easy ways you can use your Copiana sage in the kitchen, as well as three preservation tips to help them last longer.
Easy Sage Recipes
These butternut sage scones are a creative and delicious fall pastry. The butternut squash adds a bit of sweetness to this otherwise savory snack. The sage is an unexpected herbal touch that gives the scones a bit of complexity. They make an excellent breakfast dish on their own but pair well with soups and other side dishes as well.
The Bee’s Knees is a classic cocktail that is very easy to recreate at home. It dates back to the Prohibition era and is truly timeless. This sage version adds a fall twist to a drink that is typically very summery. This drink is great to serve at a cocktail party as it doesn’t require many ingredients and is a true crowd-pleaser.
3. Sage Pesto
You might already have a jar of pesto sauce in your fridge, but did you know you can easily make your own at home? Adding sage to your pesto sauce gives it a sense of depth. While you do need a food processor, this is something you can make in less than 20 minutes. Pesto sauce is an excellent topping for pasta, fish, and many other dishes.
Another great way to use your leftover sage is with herb-infused butter. We’ve already recommended this oregano version, but you can also make butter with sage. This is incredibly easy to make and adds a little bit of extra flavor to any recipe. It’s also a great spread for your morning toast.
This delicious soup is a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. Not only is it full of mouthwatering flavors, but it also contains plenty of essential nutrients. It works well as a meal on its own or as a side dish. While it requires a bit more work than some of the other recipes on this list, it is truly worth the extra effort.
Ways To Preserve Your Sage
Sage-infused honey is perfect to have on hand for all of your cooking needs. It also makes a great addition to tea, lemonade, or cocktails. Making any kind of herb-infused honey will take a few days, but it is an incredibly simple process. Not only is this honey great to have in your own kitchen, but it also makes an excellent holiday or birthday gift.
2. Dried Sage
Another easy way to help your sage last longer is to dry it. While this may sound intimidating, you can actually dry any kind of herb in the microwave! Dried sage is going to last much longer and you can still cook with it like you normally would.
3. Frozen Sage
If you don’t want to dry your sage, you can also freeze it in olive oil. Freezing your herbs in olive oil is a great way to store them for months at a time while preventing freezer burn. When you’re ready to use them, you can easily defrost them and add them to soups, pasta dishes, and more.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can use your Copiana sage. This herb is full of amazing flavor and works well in so many different recipes.