Preserving Fresh Thyme

Preserving Fresh Thyme |

You know Mom II (hubby’s mom) from my older posts where you can see some cartoons drawn by her. This canned fresh thyme is a gift from her. She is a big nature lover and a member of TEMA (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats). They visit small villages to enlighten villagers about erosion and importance of forests. As they love to be in nature,  they go to countryside on foot. She says it sometimes takes more than 2 hours. And she also has a small group with whom she goes hiking at weekend to mountains around her city to get familiar with trees, flowers and herbs closely. They have herb picking sessions. They even climb to the peak. She says the city looks splendid from there. And they pick fresh daisies, sage, St. John’s wort, thyme from there. She says the highest, the better as herbs are cleaner there as they are away from exhaust pollution. They dry these herbs and make their own herbal teas.

Preserving Fresh Thyme  |

She picked this fresh thyme in one of these sessions last April and canned it for us. We have this fresh thyme at breakfast. Does it sound weird? But it goes perfect with a slice of bread topped with cheese or olives. Also, you know there are always sliced tomatoes and cucumbers at a typical Turkish breakfast and this canned thyme makes a perfect touch to these veggies. You can even use it as an addition to your salads, especially with meat or chicken dishes.

She said there wasn’t exact measurement for this.

Taze Kekik Konservesi

Preserving Fresh Thyme  |

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Preserving Fresh Thyme
Fresh thyme with olive oil.
  • Fresh thyme
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  1. Wash thyme well and dry it until it losts wetness. Separate it into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Put them in a jar and pour extra virgin olive oil onto them until it covers their surface.
  3. Place the lid on jar and tighten it. That’s it!
  4. Take some fresh thyme from jar whenever you want. Sprinkle little salt and squeeze lemon on it before serving.
  5. Don’t add these to the jar as they may cause decay.


  1. Jason's BBQ Adventures says

    Fascinating. Do you do this with other herbs?

  2. says

    TEMA sounds like a great organization. The preserved thyme sounds delicious with bread and cheese! I bet the oil from jar would be great for cooking too.

  3. says

    Wow! This sounds amazing. I would love to put some of this on some freshly baked bread with a bit of cheese in the morning. You had me drooling! And what a neat organization…she must love being a part of it. Thank you for sharing this with me…I would have never thought to preserve herbs like this.

  4. says

    Thyme at breakfast, this is weird but as you mention this can suit very well with vegs! In that way you can preserve the freshness of them :)



  5. says

    This is such a great way to preserve fresh herbs! I think it sounds like a fantastic breakfast with bread, lebaneh, olives, and tea. I can imagine the oil would be delicious drizzled on salads!

  6. says

    I have long infused oil with herbs to cook with but I never thought use the herbs themselves. I”m crying a little for all those herbs that I could have used! Great post.

  7. says

    This sounds like a great way to preserve thyme. I might not have it for breakfast but it would be great with a lunchtime salad.

  8. says

    Sevgili Zerrin, tatil bitti geri döndüm.
    TEMA dostlarına benden kocaman selamlar söyle. Elleri dert görmesin. Kekik salatası mükemmel olmuş. Bodrum’dan getirdiğim kekiklerim var, hemen tarifindeki gibi hazırlayacağım.
    (Bu arada dokuzuncubulut maillerim site kapandığından beri bozuktu yeni açıldı. tam düzeldimi daha onu da bilmiyorum ama. Eğer mail gönderdiysen alamadığım için cevaplayamadım. Bilgin olsun istedim.)
    Görüşmek üzere sevgiler.

  9. says

    Excellent idea! Never imagine this as a condiment for breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

  10. says

    How long is your thyme oil good for? I love oils infused with herbs, they add a really nice flavor when you use them.

  11. Heather says

    Wow! I LOVE this idea and to serve it at breakfast is such a yummy idea, especially since this is one of the few herbs that I have had success growing. I will be a gelen this year and have been so worried about different dishes for breakfast. I know the basic cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, bread, and olives, but wanted to have some extras for variety and especally to impress my mother-in-law when she is here visiting us from Turkey.

    Turkish breakfast is different from the modern American breakfast (cold cereal or hot oatmeal), which I am sure you know. However, it is similar to the country breakfasts that my grandmother prepared, with eggs, meat, potatoes, fresh tomatoes, and savory chow chow (pickled cabbage mixture from Southeastern USA, especially the Deep South). She would also put out anything else that ‘needed to be eaten’ from the garden. I still wonder how I managed to be so thin as a child. There was so much food and happiness around. It seems you must be creating the same environment in your own home. I love your cooking philosophy! In my opinion, sharing makes our social network stronger, which definitely has a benefit to our personal health. Elle na salik! (I am certain I misspelled it.) I am learning…

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