How to Make Rubbed Sage with a Plantui Smart Garden

Thursday, October 22, 2015

How to use fresh, home-grown sage to make traditional rubbed sage!
How to make rubbed sage from

Yield: varies
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: varies

How to Make Rubbed Sage

I am extremely excited about today's post! It's my first post utilising the fruits of my Plantui Smart Garden: it's harvest time! The first plant I harvested was my sage! It smelled so delicious whilst it was growing; I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and use it! Just look at how beautiful and vibrant the sage was:

Fresh sage leaves grown in a hydroponic smart garden |

With American Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas not far behind, I thought I'd share a recipe for how to make rubbed sage. Sage features prominently in both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals (usually springing up in stuffing or sausages et cetera) and it's one of my favourite herbs.

Fresh sage leaves from

Rubbed sage is ordinary dried sage that has been rubbed gently to fluff the edges of the leaves or into a fine, fluffy powder. The second way tends to be what's sold commercially--fluffy clouds of sage great in baked goods like savoury scones. But I love sage and prefer it to be a bit less airy, so you'll notice in this recipe that I don't rub the sage as much as you might have expected. Feel free to continue to rub your sage until you're left with a fine powder if that's how you prefer it.


For the rubbed sage
handful fresh sage leaves
You'll also need a metal colander and a jar for storage. 

My healthy sage plant grown completely in my Plantui Smart Garden. |
My healthy sage plant grown completely in my Plantui Smart Garden.
Sage grown in a Plantui Smart Garden from

Making Rubbed Sage

Oven-dried sage from


  1. Grow fresh sage using the traditional methods or a Plantui Smart Garden.
  2. Harvest your sage when ready.
  3. Dry the sage by bunching the stalks and leaves together and suspending upside down. This method will take up to a week to dry. Alternatively, dry the sage by baking in a low oven with the door propped open. This method should take an hour or two.
  4. Rub the dried sage leaves through a metal colander or fine sieve. 
  5. Use sparingly in recipes that call for ground sage as a replacement or use to make stuffing, filling for sausages or in savoury baked goods.
Making rubbed sage from home-grown sage. |

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