Food Hacks, Kitchen Hacks, My Cancer Journey

Super Hack for Drying Herbs & Plant Medicines

My hack using veggie bags for drying out herbs and plant medicines.

Plant Medicines

Lately I have been harvesting many of what I call my ‘plant medicines’. I am drying out things like Birch Leaves, Rosehips, Raspberry Leaves and more! I will use these for teas in the winter. I like to see myself as a person who is healing on the shores of Lake Superior with all the medicines at my fingertips. 🙂

Yesterday I harvested my Cannabis Plant that has been growing since I received it on Mother’s Day. After harvesting the plant, we decided to dry out the leaves as well to use in teas or smoothies. I am always of the opinion that when something has nutritional or healing properties, why not use it all and in anyway you can?

Anyhow, we hung the branches in a closet and then put the leaves in these handy dandy bags that you buy for vegetables when using recyclable bags. They work perfectly because they breathe and they have little strings to hang!

You can use these for anything and I will be using them for more things I harvest. And it turns out that I don’t often use these for veggies anyways, so it is great to repurpose them! 🙂

I hope that you have found this helpful and that you also take advantage of any of nature’s medicines that surround you. 🙂

Bananas, Food Hacks, Fruit, Kitchen Hacks

Best Kept Banana Secret!

Banana Hack! Banana Hack!

Here is a banana hack you will want to know if you don’t already. So many people spend copious amounts of time prepping and freezing their bananas. Some people peel and chop them and put them into plastic ziploc type bags, others mash them and freeze them and I am sure there are numerous others ways.

But the easiest of easiest ways is fast, convenient and enviro friendly.

Just throw your ripe bananas (or not ripe) in your freezer. That’s it. When you are ready to use them, take them out of the freezer and allow to thaw for a bit and you are good to go. I usually pop mine in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then peel them and they are perfect.

They do not lose their color or flavor this way at all and the air does not get to them. I love bananas for having their own jacket or container… fast food to go … or pop in the freezer as they are.

I use frozen bananas in countless ways… in muffin recipes… banana bread… smoothies…. chopped fruit concoctions that I make on the stove so that they are warm and gooey… example: The banana you see in this picture was used today in a pan on the stove with blueberries and chopped cantaloupe cooked slowly till it was warm and delicious. Total nutrition there. My husband just popped home mid afternoon and had some for a snack and my daughter finished off what was left after school….. kid friendly to boot!

The perfect frozen banana to use in whatever recipe

With most of us trying to eat healthier any hack helps. I hope you enJOYed this one today. 🙂