Pairing and Combining Your Fresh Grown Herbs With Food

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How to Combine Your Fresh Herbs Grown with Food

When cooking with the fresh herbs you grow, the only rule is to please yourself and your guests. The table below lists tasty combinations of herbs and foods and herbal substitutes if you suddenly lose your favorite herb. Use it to experiment and learn which herb flavors you like best.

General rules when cooking with fresh herbs

  • The flavors vary. Taste your herbs before adding them to your cooking.
  • Freshly harvested herbs will start to lose flavor if stored for days.
  • Young herb leaves such as basil, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, and parsley should be purchased before use and added at the end of cooking to maintain flavor.
  • Thicker woody herbs, such as bay leaves, oregano, sage, thyme, and rosemary, can be added during the cooking process so they have time to blend with the other flavors.
  • Thicker herb leaves like rosemary and sage can be very hot and should be finely chopped and used sparingly or added whole and removed before serving.
  • To substitute dried herbs for fresh, the general rule is:1 tbsp. Fresh Chopped =
    1 tsp. Crumbled Dry or
    1/4 tsp. Ground Dry.

Herb Pairings

BasilMost vegetables. Anything to do with tomatoes.Marjoram, Mint, Anise
BayUsed mainly in soups and stews, where the flavor can develop.Thyme
ChivesSalads and Cold PlatesScallions / Green Onions
CilantroSalsa, Asian and Caribbean DishesFlat-leaf Parsley. Spicy Basils.
DillFish, Chicken, Eggs, Salad, Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Potatoes, Pickles & Sour Cream or Yogurt Dips.Caraway
Lemon GrassThai Dishes, Chicken, Beef, Curry, often combined with coconut milk.Lemon Zest
Lemon VerbenaFish, Poultry, Marinades, Salad Dressing, Jams, Sauces, Teas.Lemon Grass, Lemon Zest
MintLamb, Eggplant, Desserts, Teas, Salads, Vegetables, Fruits.Spicy Basils
OreganoBeef, Chicken, Pasta, Tomatoes, “Blacken” RubMarjoram, Mint, Basil
ParsleySalads, TabboulehCilantro
RosemaryChicken, Fish, Lamb, Pork, Potatoes, StewsOregano, Spicy Basils
SagePoultry, Beans, Stuffing, PastaThyme, Summer Savory
Savory (Summer)Vegetables, Fruits, CheeseWinter Savory, Marjoram
TarragonChicken, Eggs, FishAnise, Fennel
ThymePoultry, Eggs, Stews, VegetablesLemon Basil

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Quick tip: How to Pair Herbs with Food

Source: Gooseberry Patch

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