Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"Herbal Vinegars: Hands on Demonstration" October 9, 2013

WHAT: "Herbal Vinegars: Hands on Demonstration"
WHEN: Second Wednesday of every month, next meeting October 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: ACISD Maintenance Department (Formerly Rockport Elementary), 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, Texas

Don't you just love those herbal vinegars that you find at specialty stores and grocery stores? They are very pretty and tasty too. But what about the price of those herbal vinegars? The cost is too high for most of us. So rather than buy the vinegars, why not make your own? Don't know how? Well attend our October herb meeting and you will find out how to make these wonderful vinegars. We will provide some jars for making your vinegar or just bring your own sterilized bottle, cork or screw top. Also bring herbs; just make sure that they are all thoroughly dry. Also we will have some vinegars and herbs, but feel free to bring a good quality vinegar, i.e. white wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar (not apple cider flavored distilled vinegar).
Some Favorite Combinations:
Rosemary in everything
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Tarragon and Garlic
Dill, Garlic and dried red peppers
Basil, Garlic, and dried red peppers
Opal Basil with white wine vinegar turns it pink
Pineapple Sage blossoms with white wine vinegar turns it reddish
Pineapple Sage, ginger, cranberries, and garlic
Pineapple Sage, spearmint, and lemon thyme
Lemon thyme and sage
We have a lot of up-coming events in the near future. A few things we discussed at the last meeting, and more that I've added since, are as follows:

  • October 9, 2013 - "Herbal Vinegars" Hands on program at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, TX. They make great Christmas presents.
  • October 12, 2013 - "Field Trip to the Goliad Market Days" where Cindy has a booth. We will car pool and after shopping, we will eat lunch there. Be sure to RSVP by October 9, 2013. For more information, check out the following website: http://www.goliadcc.org/
  • November 2, 2013 - "Culinary Holiday Herbs" that we are presenting at the South Texas Botanical Gardens from 10:00 to noon. We will give lots of good information on which herbs to use and have samples for tasting. Please let RSVP to let us know if you want to participate. For more information, check out the following website: http://www.stxbot.org/stxbot_education_events.html

Saturday, November 2, 10-noon
This cooking workshop teaches people how to use herbs in their holiday cooking and includes samples of delicious new treats to wow your family and holiday guests.

  • November 13, 2013 - "Culinary Holiday Herbs" with samples for tasting. This will be a recap of our program given at the South Texas Botanical Gardens.
  • December 11, 2013 - "Christmas-Holiday Luncheon" will be at Barb McSpadden's home again. Thanks so much for having the luncheon Barb. Be sure to bring a $10.00 gift for our exchange!

Carol Krank, with the Botanical Gardens, also mentioned that she and Michael are discussing the possibility of presenting a "Wine & Cheese Program". No date has been set yet, but it is something that they would like for us to possibly participate with them.

So hope to see you all next Wednesday!

Come and learn everything you ever wanted to know about herbs. Did you know that there are over 2,000 herbs and that roses are herbs too? And did you know that many of our Texas Native Plants are herbs also? Herbs have been used for centuries for not only culinary purposes, but also for medicinal uses, cosmetics, cleaning solutions, clothing (one of which is Gossypium cotton), building supplies, dyes, arts and crafts.

Our herb study group was founded in March 2003 and meets the second Wednesday of every month at the ACISD Maintenance Department (Formerly Rockport Elementary), 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, Texas at 10:00 a.m. to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs including the historical uses of the herbs and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. We are open to the public. Some members of the group are available as speakers to other audiences, so please contact us if you need a speaker to present an herb program.

The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to increasing public knowledge and awareness about herbs.


Linda T. Collins
Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group
Post Office Box 1988
Rockport, TX 78381
361-729-6037 (Land)
713-582-2268 (Cell)
361-729-6058 (Fax)



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