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A Guide to Using Herbs When You Cook

Using herbs is a great way to add flavor and variety to your food. A pasta sauce made with basil will taste totally different than one made with oregano. A chimichurri sauce made from cilantro will give your steak a different flavor than one made with parsley.

Using a new herb when you cook is a much easier way to add variety to your dishes without having to come up with whole new recipes. But sometimes all the different types of herbs out there can be overwhelming - thyme, oregano, basil, chives, parsley, mint, tarragon, dill, cilantro. How do you know when to use them all?

I found this great infographic guide on how to use herbs on MindBodyGreen and I wanted to share it with you. This infographic is great as a quick reference about what kind of food is best paired with each herb, and more importantly which herbs are complemented by other herbs so that you can create more complex flavor profiles. Check out the infographic below.

As far as how much of each herb to use? Well that depends on your personal preference. As little as a sprinkle of an herb to top off your dish will help enhance the flavor, so that is a great start. But if you really enjoy the flavor of anything specific, why not try looking up some recipes containing the herb to see how you can incorporate it into a recipe... maybe as part of a dry rub for a steak, or cooked into a stew, or ground up/minced as part of a sauce, such as a pesto.

However you decide to use the herbs, I hope this post encourages you to slow down in the herbs/produce section and maybe try something new next time you go grocery shopping.

Guide to Using Herbs

Guide to Using Herbs

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Tuesday 12th of August 2014

Yep! I especially love the complementary herbs part, because sometimes I go overboard and use herbs that probably shouldn't have been used together.

Yelena Weinstein

Monday 11th of August 2014

Precious information, convenienttly presented!

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