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Herbs

12 May

Hello Everyone,

I love herbs, I love growing them, cooking, baking and eating them. I have been using a lot more herbs since we have been getting the Bountiful Baskets. They sell an herb pack, and their herbs are wonderful! My mom always said when we come to your house we know we’ll get tea and weeds! ( Thats what she calls herbs, “weeds”). I love them, despite what anyone calls them! I dried a bunch of dill Tuesday, it made the house smell so good!!

Wednesday the University had a herb class, presented by 2 different ladies. I learned a lot about growing and using herbs in a lot of cooking and baking. They even had a drink make with basil, I’ll post it tomorrow. It was very tasty!! 🙂  Here is some of the information that they gave us..

Make foods tasty without using salt or adding extra fat or sugar by adding these spices and herbs. Approximate EQUIVALENT amounts of different forms of herbs used.

1 tbsp. finely chopped cut fresh herbs

1 tsp. crumbled dried herbs

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground dried herbs

Begin with 1/4 tsp. of most ground spices or ground dried herbs for these amounts; adjust as needed. Use more herbs when using a crumbled dried or a fresh form.

4 servings

1lb. of meat

1 pint (2 cups of soup or sauce)

Start with 1/8 tsp. for cayenne pepper and garlic powder; adjust as needed. Red pepper intensifies flavor during cooking; add in small increments.

When doubling a recipe, do not double spices and herbs. Increase amounts by 1-1/2 times. Add more if needed.

As a general rule, add FRESH HERBS near the end of cooking or just before serving. Prolonged heating can cause flavor and aroma losses

More delicate fresh herbs can be added a minutes or two before the end of cooking or sprinkled on food before serving. Examples include basil, chives, and dill leaves.

Less delicate fresh herbs can be added the last 20 minutes of cooking. Examples include dill seeds, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme.

Here are some examples of herbs with different foods, feel free to mix it up to suit your taste!

Meat, Poultry, and Fish:

Beef:  Bay leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, and thyme.

Lamb: Curry powder, garlic, rosemary, and mint.

Pork: Garlic, onion, sage, pepper, and oregano.

Veal: Bay leaf, curry powder, ginger, marjoram, and oregano.

Chicken: Ginger, marjoram, oregano, paprika, poultry seasoning, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

Fish: Curry powder, dill, dry mustard, lemon juice, marjoram, paprika, pepper.

Vegetables:

Carrots: Cinnamon, cloves, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage.

Corn: Cumin, curry powder, onion, paprika, parsley.

Green Beans: Dill, curry powder, lemon juice, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, thyme.

Greans: Onion, pepper.

Peas: Ginger, marjoram, onion, parsley, sage.

Potatoes: Dill, garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, sage.

Summer Squash: Cloves, curry powder, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage.

Winter Squash: Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, onion.

Tomatoes: Basil, bay leaf, dill, marjoram, onion, oregano, parsley, pepper.

I hope I have inspired you to try different herbs and adding them to your food. Adding herbs instead of a lot of salt, not only adds amazing flavor, but reduces your salt intake.

Until next time everyone!

Amanda 🙂

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4 Comments

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Herbs

 

4 responses to “Herbs

  1. Patricia

    May 21, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Thank you so much for this list, I have a wonderful mini herb garden growing in a large utility storage tote on our back patio. We drilled holes in the bottom for drainage and are very successfully harvesting tomatoes and herbs in these large totes. What a huge difference in flavor using fresh grown herbs, cut and brought straight to the kitchen!

     
    • angelcakebaker35

      May 21, 2011 at 6:29 am

      Your welcome! I love herbs!!! I cook wih them all the time!!
      Thank you for visting my blog!
      Amanda 🙂

       
  2. sally

    June 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Amanda, I have been having such a good time reading all your posts…still have a lot to go but wanted to thank you for sharing so much. The herb primer is just wonderful. I first heard of you on Mixing Bowl, where I am a member. There, you were sharing reviews of recipes in the May issue of the food network magazine…another wonderful thing to share. I also enjoy reading about the different ethnic food festivals you and your hubby go to. And then, of course, are all of the wonderful recipes. I can’t thank you enough and I am sure all the people who have enjoyed your pies and cakes, etc. feel the same. You have a blessed day. Sally

     
    • cakebaker35

      June 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Hello Sally,
      Thank you for visiting my blog! Yes I do have alot on here, I have been blogging for over a year now. We went to the Emmet Cherry Festival today, so later I’ll write about that. We love to go alot of different places to eat, it’s our hobby! LOL!! Again thank you for visiting..
      Amanda 🙂

       

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