Cooking with Culinary Herbs

If your spice cabinet or garden contain only a minimum of herbs, you are missing out on some of the delightful culinary experiences of life. Once you begin to use fresh herbs in your favorite recipes, you'll never want go back to using just dried herbs again. You will be hooked for life.

Herbs are one of natures little surprise packages that contain a lot of flavor. A little goes a long way. You do not need much to make an extraordinary impact in your cooking.

 
Culinary Herbs
Ever wonder why everything tastes exotic and exudes delicious aromas when you eat at a good five star restaurant? It is usually because of the seasoning. Exceptional chefs know that fresh food is always best and that includes fresh herbs.

Fantastic cuisine can be very simply prepared, but add a few fresh herbs and you have created a masterpiece. As you master the art of seasoning with fresh herbs, you will astound family and guests with your remarkable culinary talents.

Drying or Freezing Herbs
The best time to dry herbs is just before they bloom. This is when they are at the peak of their flavor. Or perhaps you would like preserve some of your herbs by freezing. Many herbs freeze well. Click to continue >

 

 
Keeping Herbs Fresh
After harvesting tender fresh herbs, we all know that they can become quite limp, soggy, and expires quite quickly in the fridge. Here are some tips to keeping the herbs fresh, crisp, and tasty!

Rinse your herbs well under cool water to remove any dirt or insects. Gently shake off excess water and pat dry with paper towels. Cut off the excess stems as you would with fresh flowers, then place them in a glass or vase filled with cool water.

Keep the leaves of the herbs above the rim of your jar and not submerged, just as you would with a floral arrangement. Change water if it begins to look cloudy, refrigerate & clip any leaves that turn yellow or brown.

Basil: Basil does best stored in the same way mentioned above, but instead of storing it in the fridge, you will keep them on your counter top.


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