Be Adventurous - Use Fresh Herbs when Cooking
Fresh herbs are an amazing way to add culinary expertise to your cooking. Herbs have the added benefit of being medicinal too. In fact, many are offered as essential oils and by using them when they are fresh rather than dried, you gain all of those healthy benefits. In addition, fresh herbs are usually easy to grow and most are available at your local grocery store or farmer's market.
Four Must Have Fresh Herbs
If you can only choose four fresh herbs which would you choose? That's a tough decision because most are amazing. Here are four that work well in most kitchens.
Basil: Basil is a potent herb that adds a ton of flavor to almost every dish. It is the main ingredient in pesto, but it goes well in salads, soups, salsa, and dishes of Italian, Spanish, and Latin.
Rosemary: Rosemary is a principle herb that has so many uses. It makes an active ingredient in rubs for roasts, as a flavoring for potatoes and in fresh bread.
Cilantro: Cilantro is an herb that you either love or hate. It is what makes salsa great but it has a long and historical usage in Spanish and Latin dishes, soups, and salads. It is also refreshing in water.
Sage: Sage is perhaps best known in its role in sausage making. It is also one of the main ingredients in poultry seasoning. It offers the home chef a versatile herb with a ton of flavor for stews, soups, and on meat, such as turkey as a rub.
Other herbs that are common in kitchens include thyme, parsley, and oregano. In fact, the list of herbs for culinary use is long. The idea behind using fresh rather than dried is that fresh herbs offer better grade vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and essential oils. If you are looking for an easy way to spice up your home cooking, consider using fresh herbs. A good tip though is to keep in mind that fresh herbs are way more potent than are their dried counterparts. A little usually goes a long way.
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