Fresh herbs are best incorporated at the end of preparing a meal, unlike their dried counterparts, their bright flavors don't withstand the cooking process. When I'm looking for new ideas for cooking I go to Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage), I really like their approach to cooking veggies and they incorporate fresh herbs into many dishes.
Store fresh herbs in a ziplock bag in the fridge and they should keep for 10 days. If you aren't sure if you'll use the herbs soon enough put them in a paper bag and hang them high in the rafters in a non humid room. Within 2 weeks you should a have a nice crumbly mess of dried herb for winter meals. Keep them in a closed glass jar in a cupboard.
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