Herbs and Their Uses – Which Ones Do You Cook With?

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Herbs and Their Uses – Which Ones Do You Cook With?

It is getting to be holiday season soon so that means you maybe baking more, or at least maybe cooking more meals for a lot more people. While you are planning out your meals you noticed that a lot of them have herbs you may not have heard of, or have ever cooked with.
There are herbs from all over the world and been around for a very very long time. Creating a good meal usually means working with fresh ingredients, including the herbs. But, did you know that herbs are not just used for cooking – they’re also useful as household remedies and cleaning products?

Herbs have been around for centuries in many capacities. You may be aware of their ability to add new and varied tastes to your food dishes. If you’ve never been much into using them for anything else, there is another world out there where homemade medicinal remedies utilize herbs. Some of the ones that you see on the following list could do double duty in the kitchen and the sick room.

Ever get a wonderful spice rack (like the one below in the image) and wonder what the herbs can be used for?

Kamenstein 5123721 Ellington 16-Jar Revolving Countertop Spice Rack Organizer

Here is a list of Common Culinary Herbs and Their Uses:

Basil – Most often used is sweet basil. Use it to season meats and vegetables. It has a flavor similar to cloves.

Anise – The seeds are used for salads and baked goods. The leaves can also be used for meat and salads. Tastes like licorice. (This is one I have never used)

Chives – Have an onion flavor. Used in salads and on vegetables.

Dill – Known for use in making pickles, but also popular for dressings. Use leaves in salads and as seasonings on fish, meat and vegetables.

Garlic – Chopped, minced or as a spread, it flavors meat and vegetables.

Oregano – Used in Italian and Mediterranean cooking. Common on pizza, in soups, sauces and on vegetable dishes.

Mint – Used as a flavoring for mint sauce. Use the leaves in teas as a tummy soother.

Parsley – Mostly used as decoration on dinner plates. It can make a seasoning for soup and salad.

Thyme – Found in the mix of herbs used in Italian cuisine.

Sage – This herb is used the most around Thanksgiving and Christmas. It flavors poultry as well as stuffing and dressing.

Savory – Found in dishes that contain egg, soups, sauces and green beans.

Rosemary – Great for seasoning lamb and poultry.

Marjoram – It is found in the Italian mix of seasonings. Use it to flavor meats.

Coriander – The seeds are used in stuffing and curries. It tastes like orange leaves. The leaves are used in Asian and Mexican cuisine.

Chervil – Can be used as a garnish. Often mixed with salad greens and in soups or omelets.

Fennel – Used to season fish and sometimes found in sauces. You can use the leaves, seeds and stems.

Tarragon – This is a French herb. It is an ingredient in tartar sauce, chicken dishes, some seafood and it can flavor vinegar’s.

Sorrel – An acidic-tasting herb that is used in soups and sauces. This is another one I do not think I have ever used.

Cilantro – Used primarily in Mexican cuisine for salsa, rice and meats. This is one I know its good in food but I really don’t care for it fresh or dry. I think its just something you either like or don’t.

Now that you have checked out the list above, how many of these herbs do you have in your kitchen?


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