Herbs help your daily diet rise above the norm. They’re a fabulous addition to food and are great for your health as well! Use these natural ingredients to cook tasty meals without complex ingredients, all while naturally improving your health. You'll be surprised by how simple this is and how many herbs you can choose from!
In the kitchen, herbs will provide your body with several health benefits and give a special flavor to each of your recipes. Here are some tips on which herbs to use, how to do it, and, above all, how to preserve them! Without these additions, our culinary lives would be much sadder and our dishes wouldn’t be as appetizing.
Grow and store aromatic herbs
To plant your own herbs at home, you need little space but a lot of dedication. Some herbs are very strong and resist every weather type, like parsley. Others are very delicate, like basil, and need water, plenty of sunlight, and regular pruning. Some fresh herbs such as parsley or basil can be stored for many days in water, as if they were a bouquet of flowers, and by covering the leaves with a plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect.
For longer storing periods, you can also wrap the herbs in a damp cloth or kitchen paper and store them inside a zip bag in the fridge. If you’re sure that you won’t use the aromatic herbs for a couple of days, you can chop them, put them in an ice tray, and fill it with oil. Keep in the freezer for as long as you need and then use them to cook any dish.
Should you use fresh or dried herbs?
The equivalence between fresh and dried aromatic herbs is 4 to 1. This means that, if in a recipe it’s asked for a certain amount of a dried herb, you’ll have to add 4 times that amount if you’re using fresh herbs. If you don’t, the taste will be weaker. Other than that, there isn’t a big difference; both versions are a good choice and it essentially depends on your taste and your dishes.