Thyme is a very versatile cooking herb, being used to flavor both meat and vegetable dishes, and also used to garnish vegetables and fruit. In addition to its many uses in the kitchen, thyme is useful for other reasons throughout the rest of the home. The tiny leaves that cover each stem pack a fragrant scent that is good for perfuming rooms and can also act a calming scent.
The following are five ways to use thyme in the kitchen and home, some of which might not have been so obvious to you at first.
5 Ways to use Thyme in the Kitchen and Home
Thyme is an excellent herb to create marinades that can be used for meat and fish dishes. With just some balsamic vinegar and thyme in a bag, rosemary pairs well with thyme too, you can flavor meats to be grilled later or roasted in the oven. Because thyme is very fragrant, you do not need to add a lot to the bag in order to flavor the marinade for cooking.
Butter and Dips
Add diced thyme leaves to softened butter and sour cream or cream cheese to create rich appetizer options for finger foods, vegetables and breads. In addition to thyme, you can add dill, rosemary and garlic to create a flavorful combination that everyone will enjoy. Butters and dips can be stored for up to a week and added to food while cooking for the best flavor, or when serving for a lighter flavor.
Thyme in Tea
Thyme, because of its fragrant lemon scent, is a great herb to infuse in a cup of tea. Remove the leaves off of the stem, do not chop or crush, and add to a tea bag or tea ball. Drop leaves into your hot cup of water for a minute and flavor with honey or sugar before drinking. Thyme has long been used by women to ease menstruation pains and to clear phlegm from the chest.
If you store clothing in a chest, wardrobe or closet for a prolonged period of time, fragrant bags filled with thyme are a great, natural way to keep everything fresh and must free. Cut thyme stems and hang in a dark corner to dry. Remove the leaves from the stem and add to a clean cotton bag that you can hang from the closet or wardrobe where clothing is stored. Be sure to change out the contents of the bag when you swap out items that are in storage.
DIY Facial Toner
Thyme makes a great facial toner if you are looking for something that is delicate on skin, but also able to help clear your complexion. Add dry thyme leaves to a small bottle of witch hazel and let the combination steep for about a week in a dark, cool corner. Apply the solution to your skin with a clean cotton ball at the end of each day and you will begin noticing an improvement to your skin in about two to three weeks.