100 Days: Your Sixth Week in No-More Processed Foods [#6/14]

Last Updated: August 31, 2023

Ah, the joys of nature’s bounty, the tantalizing tastes and textures of fresh herbs and spices! Welcome, young explorers, to Week Six of our culinary adventure. You’ve journeyed through the basics, learned the art of the blade, and now it’s time to delve into the world of flavor, seasoning, and natural wellness.

I’ve been around this old world a time or two, and I’ve gathered wisdom from every nook and cranny. You see, life’s a lot like cooking – full of spices and surprises. And for you, my dear millennials, always eager to learn, I have a special treat this week.

Week Six Focus: Understanding Herbs and Spices From the aromatic basil to the fiery cayenne, herbs and spices are the soul of any dish. They add depth, warmth, and complexity, turning a simple meal into a masterpiece. As a seasoned survivalist who’s seen his share of wild terrains and rustic kitchens, I’m here to guide you through this fascinating world.

Herbs and Spices Breakdown:

  • Basil: The king of herbs, great for Italian and Thai dishes.
  • Oregano: A staple in Mediterranean cuisine, adds robust flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper: A dash will wake up any dish, but be careful – she bites!
  • Cinnamon: Not just for sweets, adds an exotic twist to savory dishes too.

We’ll explore fresh vs. dried, how to store them, and the health benefits they offer. This week is all about unlocking flavors and taking your cooking to the next level.

Now, don’t be shy. Grab your mortar and pestle, and let’s create some magic in the kitchen, just as nature intended.

Common Herbs to Grow Around or in a Homestead [#6/14]

A homestead’s garden isn’t just about fruits and vegetables; herbs play an integral role as well. They add flavor to meals, have medicinal properties, and can even be used in household cleaning products. Here’s a guide to growing common herbs around or in your homestead, focusing on both culinary and medicinal aspects.

1. Basil

  • Usage: Adds a fresh flavor to salads, pasta, and pesto.
  • Growing Tips: Prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Regular pruning encourages growth.

2. Mint

  • Usage: Ideal for teas, desserts, and garnishing.
  • Growing Tips: Can be invasive, so it’s best grown in containers. Thrives in partial shade.

3. Rosemary

  • Usage: Complements meats, bread, and roasted vegetables.
  • Growing Tips: Requires full sun and well-drained soil. Perennial in warmer climates.

4. Thyme

  • Usage: Used in soups, stews, and meat seasoning.
  • Growing Tips: Likes full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Needs well-drained soil.

5. Lavender

  • Usage: Used for its calming scent and sometimes in cooking.
  • Growing Tips: Prefers full sun and dry, well-drained soil.

6. Sage

  • Usage: Flavorful in sausages, poultry, and stuffing.
  • Growing Tips: Full sun and well-drained soil will lead to thriving plants.

7. Parsley

  • Usage: Commonly used as a garnish and in various dishes.
  • Growing Tips: Grows well in partial shade with rich, moist soil.

8. Oregano

  • Usage: Essential in Italian cuisine, especially in tomato-based dishes.
  • Growing Tips: Enjoys full sun and well-drained soil.

9. Chives

  • Usage: Adds a mild onion flavor to salads, omelets, and soups.
  • Growing Tips: Thrives in full sun to partial shade and moist soil.

10. Chamomile

  • Usage: Often used in tea for its calming effects.
  • Growing Tips: Prefers full sun to partial shade and dry, well-drained soil.

Here’s the budget table:

WeekItem DescriptionApproximate Cost
Week 1 – 4Cookware & Food~$640
Week 4Water & Storage~$700
Week 5Knife Ware & Kitchen Tools~$200
Week 6Herbs, Spices & Associated Tools~$150
OptionalAccessories & Quality Knives~$300
Running TotalFood & Storage Items (Week 1-6)~$1,990

Summary & Final Thoughts on Week Six

Herbs are a wondrous addition to a homestead, offering a wide range of applications from culinary delights to healing remedies. By embracing the ancient wisdom of herbal cultivation, you’re enhancing your self-sufficiency, connecting with nature, and enriching your meals.

Next week, we’ll delve into more complex gardening techniques, focusing on companion planting and organic pest control. Let’s keep growing together!

“Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates

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