Monthly Archives: May 2013

Techniques for Chopping Herbs

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A sprinkling of fresh herbs quickly adds appealing color, plus flavor and nutrients to foods. Here’s how to chop them to kick up the taste and nutrition of favorite foods in just a few seconds.

chives-snippingChives:

  1. Quickly snip small bundles of chives with a kitchen scissors OR
  2. Cut bundles on a cutting board with a very sharp chef’s knife

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Cilantro, parsley, and other
small-leaved delicate herbs:

  1. Remove leaves by hand
  2. It’s OK to include some tender stems

Pulling leaves from thymeThyme, oregano, rosemary, tarragon and other sturdy stemmed, small-leafed herbs:

  • Hold thumb and index finger together; run down the stem in the opposite direction the leaves have grown

bunching-tarragon2Chopping herb leaves into smaller amounts:

  1. Bunch leaves on cutting board
  2. Use a sharp chef’s knife so as not to bruise the leaves

georgia-chopping tarragon2How to cut with a chef’s knife:

  • Place fingertips on tip of a chef’s knife and rock blade briefly back and forth. Re-gather leaves and chop again if a smaller size is desired.

basil-ribbons-2Basil, mint, sage and other large, leafy herbs:

  • A technique called “chiffonade” can be used with these herbs
  • This method cuts these herbs into narrow ribbons

georgia-4-hand-rollHow to Chiffonade:

  • Stack 5 or 6 leaves, and roll tightly

georgia-handsHow to Chiffonade:

  • Cut crosswise into narrow ribbons

For More Info about Herbs:

Healthy Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Tomato Basil Bruschetta (recipe link)

Discover your inner gardener and unleash your inner chef at the same time! Plant and cook with fresh herbs. I’ve put together the following slide show to help you discover:

  • Which herbs you have to plant every year and which come up year after year.
  • Delicious food and herb combinations
  • Recipe ideas
  • Beautiful herb garnishes (lots of photos)
  • How to dry and freeze herbs

If you’d like to share this slide show on your blog, get the directions for embedding it from SlideShare. Or,  download a free PowerPoint using these slides from this webpage. You also are welcome to use any of my pictures of herbs from Flickr or follow my Pinterest Herb Board.

As you can tell, I am quite smitten with fresh herbs and want to spread the word about using them. I’ve love to hear about your experiences!