Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tips For Cooking With Herbs

We all know that fresh herbs taste so much better than purchased herbs, but there are a few things you can do to make cooking with fresh herbs easier. And the herbs will contain more flavor.

Washing

Wash your herbs in the garden before you bring them in. Spray them down with the hose, and allow them to dry first. Then cut them. That way she you won't wash away any of that fresh flavor when you cut them.

Drying

If you are wanting to dry your herbs, put them in a pillowcase. Take them outside, and swing the pillow case around in the air. It really works. And you get a little exercise in the process.

Cutting

Use a sharp knife when you cut your herbs. A blunt knife can bruise your herbs. Bruised herbs oxidize quicker. This leads to discoloration. If you're using a food processor, make sure the blades are nice and sharp.

Choose

Choose the right cooking and chopping technique for the dish you are making. Rustic dishes do better with chopped herbs. The flavors are yielded more slowly, which adds a more homey feel to the food. Finely chopped herbs blend easier with other ingredients, but loose their flavor more quickly.

So put these tips to use, and let me know which one works best for you.

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