Aromatic herbs

What herbs are, how to identify herbs, preserve them, and how to handle them, including sample recipes.

Most herbs are easy to grow in kitchen gardens or in containers, though there is no need as aromatic herbs are widely used in the kitchen and are available in most supermarkets and grocery stores, either fresh or dried. Herbs should be used fresh for the best flavor.

Ways to store and preserve aromatic herbs

Aromatic herbs are used in small quantities. Therefore the need to keep in good condition the unused ones.

Fresh - Keep them, stems in cold water, in a jar or glass inside the fridge. Fresh herbs would keep for 6 or 7 days.

In oil - Wash and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Introduce them in a jar and fill it with oil. The herbs would keep for 2 to 3 months and the preserving oil is excellent to condiment vegetables and salads.

Frozen - Wash, chop and freeze in plastic bags or in an ice try. Frozen herbs usually keep for 3 to 4 months.

In vinegar - Wash and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Introduce the herbs in a jar and fill it with vinegar. They should keep for a year. These herbs and the scented vinegar produce the best marinades.

Dry - For home dried herbs, choose healthy stems with the most leaves. Let them dry by hanging them in the shade, in a cool and dry place. The herbs would keep for a year inside paper bags or air tight containers.