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Using Herbs for Beginners

How to Use Fresh Herbs

Most people opt to use herbs because of their flavor and nutrition. They can also be used in a variety of ways when cooking on the day-to-day.

  • Parsley: used in salads, soups, pestos, and as a garnish.

  • Basil: used in pestos, salads, sauces, and as a garnish.

  • Cilantro: used in curries, soups, stews, salsas, bean dishes, salads, and as a garnish.

  • Oregano: used in marinades, rice dishes, dressings, meat and fish dishes, and bean and tofu dishes.

  • Rosemary: used in marinades, meat and fish dishes, and herb blends.

  • Sage: used in meats, roasted vegetables, bean, and herb blends.

  • Dill: used in marinades, dressings, fish dishes, salads, potatoes, and herb blends.

  • Mint: used in salads, beverages, and fruit

  • Thyme: used in soups, stews, meat and fish dishes, and herb blends

  • Chives: used in sauces, condiments, fish dishes, and herb blends

  • Tarragon: used in marinades, meat and fish dishes, sauces, dressings, and herb blends

How to Store Fresh Herbs

In order to store herbs, you'll need to know if they're tender or hearty herbs.

Tender herbs will get bunched together, have the bottoms cut, and be placed in a jar with about 1 inch of water. Cover loosely with a plastic bag and put in the fridge.

Hearty herbs should be cleaned and wrapped with a damp paper towel. Place the wrapped herbs in a mesh bag and place it in the fridge.


For more information and tips on herbs, including how to dry, how to freeze, and recipes to try, download the TKS Nutrition Guide to Herbs below.

How to Use Fresh Herbs Guide
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