Saturday, May 24, 2008

Use Fresh Herbs In Your Cooking

Many common herbs that you might use in cooking are well known
for their healing properties. Using them in cooking is a great
way to incorporate the healing attributes of natural herbs with
your meals. Chances are you probably already use some herbs in
your cooking like basil and thyme but experimenting with even
more herbs can add taste to your dishes while improving health.

Cooking with fresh herbs is just as easy as using dried herbs.
Just chop up a bit of the herb and season to taste. You will
need to use about twice as much of the fresh herb than the
dried. You may want to wait until the last 20 minutes of
cooking to add the herb so the taste stays crisp. Herbs can be
used to flavor any foods. Commonly used in pasta sauces, herbs
can also be added to soups, oils, eggs and even desserts and

You can grow your own herbs in the garden on window sill and
have fresh herbs all the time. Some grocery stores have fresh
herbs right in the produce section and, of course, you can
always find dried herbs in the baking section. If you grow your
own herbs, you can freeze them or dry them yourself in a
dehydrator to have for future use.

Here's some food and herb combinations that I like to use when
cooking with fresh herbs:

• Eggs with dill
• Pesto with basil
• Mint in any tea or punch
• Parsley with salad
• Rosemary and Thyme on oven roasted potatoes
• Basil and sage added to flavor butter

If you have a special condition or illness that might be
treated with herbs, then feel free to incorporate the herbs
into your usual cooking. Start by adding a small amount of the
herb(s) and taste - add more to suit. This is a great way to
realize the healthy benefit of herbs without having to remember
to take pills.
Use Fresh Herbs In Your Cooking
Lee Dobbins

About The Author: Lee Dobbins writes for pet and health related