10 Easy Ways To Preserve Herbs: Enjoying a big bounty of fresh herbs from the garden this year? Fresh is best when it comes to cooking with them, but here are ten easy ways you can preserve them for year-round use (along with a nifty tip at the bottom of the page for crushing them fast).
Instant Refried Beans - grind 3 cups dried pinto beans fine, add 3 tsp dried cumin, 3 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp salt & pepper, 3 Tbsp dried minced onion. Store in jar or ziploc bag. To use, add 3/4 cup mix to 2-1/2 cups boiling water. Mix with shisk until combined. Bring back to boil, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer 4-5 min or until thickened. Will thicken more as it cools.