The Best Things to Do with Fresh Herbs
They're more versatile than you think!
Here at The Kitchen we're always testing the latest food trends. We've seen some herb tricks trending online and tried them out on the show. Here are our thoughts!
D.I.Y Dried Herbs
Videos of people drying their own herbs at home in their microwave went viral, so we tried it out for ourselves. We tested both hard herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary and soft herbs like parsley and basil, and found that it works well for hard herbs but seems to deflate the soft herbs entirely. We think this homemade hack is an easy way to make use of any hard herbs you have in the fridge before they go bad!
This is the method that worked best for us:
- 1) Place a few herb branches onto a paper towel on a plate. Place another paper towel on top and another plate for weight.
- 2) Microwave on HIGH for about 2 minutes, checking halfway and replacing the paper towels if damp.
- 3) If the herbs haven't dried after 2 minutes, microwave again for 30-second intervals until dry.
- 4) Let the herbs cool on a rack.
- 5) Store in an airtight container at room temperature--they should last for up to a year.
Try this easy tip out for yourself!
The herb comb tool and the herb zip tool have been featured on social media frequently, so we wanted to give them a try. You can find both these herb tools online if you decide you're interested in trying them out!
We tried out the herb comb tool with parsley and found that it worked pretty well, but that using our hands to strip the herb worked even better and was quicker. It would, however, be a fun, safe way for the kids to use to help you while you're cooking!
To use, just place the herb comb by the stem of the parsley and comb it through towards the leaves. Pull the comb through the herb, against the grain of the leaves.
The herb zip tool was a winner! It easily stripped thyme and saved us some time. To try it out for yourself, place thyme through the hole closest in size to its stem--watch as the thyme leaves quickly fall into the container!
Thyme Fruit Salad
Sunny gave us a delicious and quick hack for using up leftover thyme--sprinkling it onto your fruit salad. Thyme goes well with desserts which is why Sunny often mixes it up with fruit. We tried sprinkling thyme onto a fruit salad of strawberries, green grapes, blueberries and oranges and found that it complimented the sweet taste perfectly.
It's easy to make your own tea using herbs. We tested a tea with sage and honey and found that it worked perfectly because the floral and mellow flavor of sage works well with honey for a refreshing drink.
We tried it iced for an extra level of refreshment. It is easy to make: Just add a bunch of fresh sage (about 1 loosely packed cup) to hot water and stir in some honey and lemon juice. Let it steep for about 15 minutes, then strain into a pitcher and let it chill in the fridge overnight. It's delicious when served with ice and a squeeze of lemon, too!