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Cooking with Your own Fresh Herbs and Spices


Cooking with Your own Fresh Herbs and Spices

After you grow your own Herb Garden it’s a good idea to know how to use them for best results, Cooking with fresh herbs you can back off the salt and use your organic herbs to flavor your foods you will see the big difference. Below is a list of herbs to use and grow, and where they are best use.

cooking with fresh herbs

How to Cook with Fresh Herbs

When you cook without herbs and spices meals turn out
bland, at best. If you’re unsure how to use herbs in
cooking, keep reading. The following ideas will teach you
how to begin using herbs and making meals which are more
palatable.

Before you begin your foray into cooking with herbs, it’s
important to know where you would expect to use them. Some
herbs are used more with savory recipes while others will
be used in dessert recipes. You may also find a few herbs
which can be used in both.

Determine to try a different herb each week. Look for a
couple of recipes which use new herbs you’d like to try.
Prepare about three new recipes using your fresh herb and see how
your family likes them.

Beef – Add fresh sweet marjoram to butter and spread it
over a roast beef after it comes out of the oven. You may
also want to do something similar with sweet marjoram,
chervil, parsley, summer savory and celery.

Pork – Chervil, savory and marjoram would be added to pork
chops. Sage is a common herb used in sausage.

Lamb – Thyme, parsley, garlic, onion or marjoram could be
used in combination on lamb. You could also use dill on
lamb chops.

Poultry – Basil, lovage, marjoram, sage, thyme and rosemary
are common ingredients in poultry seasoning. These would be
great added to chicken or turkey.

Fish – When preparing fish you may want to use dill, basil
or tarragon. You could also use curry powder, mustard and
marjoram.

Beverages – Various types of mint, lemon balm and lemon
thyme could be added to hot or cold tea.

Desserts – Herbs for desserts include allspice, anise,
caraway, cinnamon, ginger, mint and nutmeg.

 

Fresh herbs

You can find fresh or dried herbs in most grocery stores.
However, it is important to remember that fresh herbs
provide a bold flavor while powdered herbs are generally
milder. Use dried herbs with fat such as when making a
flavored butter or infusing oil. When using fresh herbs, be
sure to crush the herb before using it to cook with.

When it comes to herbs remember that a little often goes a
long way. You’ll want to experiment if you don’t know how
to use herbs in cooking, but you don’t want to overwhelm
the dish. As you become more comfortable using a few herbs,
you can then begin branching out and trying more exotic
ones.

cooking with fresh herbs

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