Herbs, whether fresh or dried, enhance the flavor and texture of foods and are an essential component of many cuisines across the world.
While fresh herbs enhance the flavor, the time-consuming procedure of washing, stripping, and cutting them sometimes discourages people from using them in their cuisine. Fortunately, kitchen gadgets like the underappreciated herb remover may help speed up herb preparation by easily separating leaves from stems. These herb strippers, which have varied sized holes to accommodate different herbs, including bigger leafy vegetables like kale, greatly ease the procedure.
The operation is simple: simply insert the stem into the right hole and pull it through, allowing the leaves to separate easily. Some herb strippers even have blades and bowls connected to collect the leaves as they travel through the perforations.
Given the ubiquitous usage of fresh herbs in world cuisines, below is a list of some often used herbs:
1. Basil: A leafy green herb that is popular in Mediterranean cooking and is used for flavoring as well as in pesto sauce. Basil’s taste is enhanced when added at the end of cooking.
2. Rosemary: Excellent with lamb chops, chicken, roast meat, and potatoes. Herb strippers, while difficult to prepare, are especially useful with rosemary.
3. Cilantro: A controversial herb with a strong, sharp, lemony taste that is a mainstay in Asian and Latin American cooking.
4. Dill: Dill adds a subtle yet robust, fresh, earthy taste to salmon, potatoes, and yogurt-based sauces.
5. Marjoram: Similar to oregano but gentler in flavor, marjoram is used in salads, soups, sauces, and fish, and its stems provide flavor to stocks or soups.
6. Thyme: Known for its particular flavor, it may be used in a variety of dishes including meats, poultry, seafood, and even cocktails.
7. Mint: Used in a variety of foods, including fruit salads, mint not only enhances taste but also helps to reduce salt and sugar intake. To retain its delicate flavor and texture, add it toward the end of cooking.
8. Parsley: A versatile herb that goes well with pasta, butter, eggs, and lemon.
9. Oregano: Provides antioxidants and is appropriate for year-round growing. It is essential in dishes such as chili, spaghetti, and pizza sauces.