Herbs are fun and easy to grow. When harvested they make even the simplest meal seem like a gourmet delight. By using herbs in your cooking you can easily change the flavors of your recipes in many different ways, according to which herbs you add. Fresh herbs are great in breads, stews, soups or vegetables. Every time you add a different herb you have completely changed the taste.
If you are a beginner start slowly, add just a little at a time adjusting as you go along until you have it just right. You will see in most instances that an individual herb is associated with a particular food item. Basil is paired with tomatoes, Oregano with sauces, Rosemary with lamb and Chives with butter or cream cheese. Of course, none of them are limited to these items, but you will see them paired most often with that particular food. Use your imagination and experiment, experiment, experiment!
You can make herb vinegars for salad dressings, marinades, or soups. Herb oils are very useful in cooking whenever a recipe calls for it.
Fresh herbs as garnishes dress up any dish making it look truly spectacular. Lay individual sprigs of rosemary over broiled lamb chops. Chop fresh parsley and sprinkle it over the top of your potato salad. The combinations are endless and the outcome delicious.
Fresh herbs will keep in the refrigerator for several days but then you must freeze them. They can be frozen by laying them a paper towel and putting them in a plastic bag. Once they are frozen only use them in cooking not as garnishes. A friend of mine washes them, puts them an ice cube tray, covers them with water and then freezes them. When she needs them for soup, stews or sauces she just drops a cube in.
My favorite herbs to grow are basil, oregano, lemon balm, parsley and mint. Mint is great but be careful, mint can over run your garden. A tip here would be to bury an empty coffee can and plant the mint in it. The can prevents the mint from “creeping” all through your garden.
I love to make herb butters. Take a half of a cup of softened butter and mix in about 4 tablespoons of a fresh herb. Lay out a piece of saran wrap, place the butter in the middle roll the saran wrap up to form a “log” out of the butter. Put in the refrigerator and anytime you need a pat of butter just cut it off the “log”. (Hints for “log” butter: potatoes, bread, steaks, noodles or any kind of sauce).
A fresh herb in any salad dressing really makes it sparkle. You can use any herb or a combination, be creative.
I learned a trick a long time ago using basil, lemon and avocados to create and instant natural face mask. Put a big handful of basil in a blender and run it on high. Once the basil has been pulverized, throw in a half of an avocado and a large teaspoon of lemon juice, mix until smooth. Wash your face, pat it dry and gently rub the avocado mixture on. Leave it on as long as you like, then use warm water to it wash off.
These are just a few ways you can use fresh herbs from your garden. I am sure you will come up with many more. Happy cooking
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Hi, this is Aviva Goldfarb from the Six O’Clock Scramble, and I want to talk to you about how to use fresh herbs in cooking.
Fresh herbs are not only incredibly delicious, they add so much flavor to your meals and your drinks. They’re also really versatile—you can use them in tons of ways, some ways you might not have thought of, and they’re super healthy for you. They are like concentrated vitamins and antioxidants, so they’re great to add nutrition to your meals and your snacks too.
So I have an herb garden, which I try to keep going all year long, or as long as I can as the weather holds out here in Maryland. And I’m always growing things like basil and mint and chives and oregano and sage, and sometimes I experiment with other things. I always have rosemary. This year I’m also growing a little bit of lemongrass, which is so great in Asian cooking or all sorts of ways to use it.
Sometimes I have to buy, especially in the winter, I have to buy those little expensive packets of fresh herbs. And usually you don’t need all of them for whatever recipe you’re making, so then you have these extra herbs that you want to find ways to use. So I’ve come up with lots of ways to use fresh herbs in our cooking so that they don’t go to waste, and of course, there’s pesto. And you can use basil to make pesto, but you can also use mint and oregano and parsley. You can throw other herbs into your pesto to give it a different sort of flavor.
And then I often throw fresh herbs into our green salads. Really delicious in there if I’m making a Greek salad, I’ll add some parsley and mint and oregano, for example. And of course, you can throw them into your summery pastas. Always add them at the end—fresh herbs you always want to add at the end for a really fresh flavor as opposed to stewing them in whatever you’re making if you’re cooking a sauce.
And you can add them to your drinks, of course, you can add them when you roast vegetables, if you toss some fresh herbs with them towards the end or at the end, really awesome flavor and nutrition there too.
And one of the things that I love to do is to make sun tea. So my friend Betsy got me this awesome sun teapot. And I just put a couple of bags of tea in it, and I let it sit out here in the sun, and while it is steeping—I think that’s what you call it—I stuff some fresh herbs in there too. So it’s got this little filter in here so that—oops! So I stuffed in today some mint and some sage and sometimes I’ll put rosemary. I think I have a little basil in here today—it’s actually really good in tea. And those can all steep in there together, and then you’re going to have this really delicious sun tea.
Using fresh herbs, especially when you have extras, in your cooking is a wonderful way to enhance your meals and your snacks with flavor and good nutrition. Remember, we are never too busy to eat well.
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