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.
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.
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!