Last weekend I was visiting my parents in Kentucky, and I stumbled across the largest Aloe leaf I've ever seen. I know there are plenty of areas that have Aloe this big, but coming from the cornfields in a small town, this doesn't come around often. Naturally, i bought a leaf bigger than my arm. I got it home safely and then it dawned on me that I had more Aloe than I knew what to do with. I did some research and I decided my best option would be to preserve it. This way I have it on hand so I can start using it in . . . well, everything! So, here is how i preserved my Aloe.
- Saving Your Aloe
- As much Aloe as you can find
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Jar for storage
First I cut my leaf. You can google how to do this if you've never cut a leaf before. This was my first time and it was super fun and pretty simple. Once you have all of the aloe meat out, chop it up into small squares. Just small enough to fit into the Ninja or food processor. For every 1/4 cup of Aloe, you'll want to add 500 mg of Vitamin C & 400 IU of Vitamin E. I had 1 1/4 Cup of Aloe in my leaf.
Blend this all up into a puree and store in an airtight jar. This will keep for up to 8 months in the fridge. And imagine how good this is for you. If you don't know the benefits of Aloe, I recommend that you do a quick search, because the list goes on and on.
Now you can start harvesting all the Aloe you can find. Or start growing your very own plant!