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Using fresh herbs
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Felicia    Posted 06-28-2002 at 10:48:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have grown a little oregano and basil for the first time ever and I am not exactly sure how to go about using it. Do you have to dry it first or can you cut it and use it fresh off the stem, and do you use the stem also or just the leaves? Any help with this would be nice. Thanks

Saddlebum    Posted 06-29-2002 at 08:33:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yummy! If you find you have more than you can use right now, you can dry it, too. Just cut the stems, tie stems together with string or yarn, and hang upside down in a cool, dry place. They will keep a long time like that, and add a nice scent to your home. Have fun!

Virginia Legault    Posted 12-29-2002 at 12:06:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like to use fresh parsley. I bought some in the market today and wanted to keep them. I cut the leaves off the stems and put them in a covered dish in the refrigerator. Should I have washed them first (will be hard to do now) or should I just keep them refrigerated and wash them as I use them? How long will they keep this way?

Tom a    Posted 06-28-2002 at 11:03:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Only dry it to preserve it for later use. Fresh herbs are best used fresh! I can always tell when my better half starts using fresh at the beginning of a season because food tastes 'brighter.'

For most of 'em, just snip it (scissors work fine), chop it up and toss it in the pot. Some folks say to use less than store-bought dried, but you'll have to see for yourself; most times it is more flavorful so you can use less if you want.

Have fun!

EIEIO    Posted 06-28-2002 at 10:55:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have a lot you can dry them, if not use them fresh, the taste is great. This year no garden at all but when I grew herbs like last year when I was ready to cook I would just go outside with my scissors and cut what I thought I could use and you have the best herbs you could ask for. If it looks like they are turning to seed cut them down and put in container in the refrig unless you want to dry them. My mint herbs kept coming back year after year. When I had ice tea I would cut a few and pinch them a little so that the scent and taste were a little stronger. Use everything, stem, top etc.

Felicia    Posted 06-28-2002 at 11:08:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for your help. I just have a small pot of oregano and basil. I have never grown them before so I started off very small. This is the first time I am going to use any. Thanks a bunch for your help.

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