Fresh Rosemary

I love the fresh flavor of rosemary and grow it in my garden each summer. It's great to use fresh, but I find the sharp texture of dried rosemary unappealing. Is there any other way to buy or preserve fresh rosemary for winter use? —L.H., Oskaloosa, Iowa

The hard sharp texture of dried rosemary can be very unappealing. Try growing rosemary in a pot on your kitchen windowsill for fresh rosemary all year-round…or freeze the rosemary from your garden for use this winter. Simply wrap sprigs of fresh rosemary in foil and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When using, remember that frozen rosemary has a stronger flavor than fresh. If you must use dried rosemary, try grinding it with a mortar and pestle for a finer texture. Good-quality powdered rosemary is also available. Although it loses its intensity a little sooner than whole dried rosemary, it eliminates the texture you object to.