When using herbs in salad dressings, allow the flavors to mellow ten minutes before serving.
Work the flavors of herbs into meat, poultry, and fish by rubbing the herbs with your hands before cooking. The warmth of your hands will release the herbal oils.
Bouquets of fresh herbs can be placed in jars or glasses filled with an inch or two of water. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Use within a week.
Add a bay leaf to the water when cooking beans, lentils, rice or other grains.
Add a pinch of ground cinnamon to tomato sauce. Cinnamon brings out the sweetness and removes the bitter taste of canned tomato sauce and paste.
To chop fresh herbs quickly, place them in a glass measuring cup, insert scissors or kitchen shears and snip away.
Roasting garlic gives it a nutty flavor. Bake on a foil lined pan at 350 for about 15 minutes. Peel and mash the cloves and use in recipes.
Powdered herbs are twice as strong as dried ones and eight times stronger than fresh ones.
To keep garlic from sticking to your knife, sprinkle a few drops of cold water on the garlic. The garlic will stick to the cutting board and not the knife.
Try blending melted butter and fresh tarragon together and pouring it over freshly steamed asparagus.
Simmer canned carrots in 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, drain off the juice and sprinkle fresh parsley over the carrots.
Add 1 teaspoon fresh minced dill to 1/2 of mayonnaise and serve this over grilled tuna or salmon.
Finely mince fresh sage leaves and add to chicken or turkey salad.
Italian seasonings are: oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and garlic-powder.
Chicken or vegetable stock can be refrigerated up to a week, or frozen up to three months.
Try adding fresh, minced basil to canned tomato soup, 1/4 teaspoon, finely minced, stir and simmer for three minutes.
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The Etsy Store has culinary herbs for all your recipes. We also offer culinary herbs for making teas. Our herbs are organically grown, hand picked and dried to ensure purity. Check out the Etsy Store for Herbes de Provence , Scarborough Blend and Robust Italian.