Whether it's a spoonful or a sprinkle, herbs add personality to all sorts of dishes, from appetizers to main dishes, and even desserts. Here's how to prep and chop herbs, plus tips for using them.
Rub a sprig of fresh herb between your fingers and take a whiff. This gives you an idea of the vibrant flavor you're in for when adding the herb to your recipes. It used to be that fresh herbs were something to look forward to during warm-weather months, but now they are available in markets year-round. Whether you grow your own herbs, pick them up at the farmer's market, or buy them from a grocery store, you can count on them to freshen up your cooking in many ways.
How to Choose and Store Fresh Herbs
Wash Herbs Before Using
To remove the leaves from an herb stem, hold onto the stem with one hand and strip the leaves into a bowl using the thumb and forefinger of your other hand. This works especially well for thyme and rosemary.
This method creates thin strips or shreds. For a chiffonade of herbs, roll up larger leaves and cut across the roll with a large knife. This works especially well with basil leaves.
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