Tag: fresh herbs

De-stemming Herbs – A Kitchen Tip

A few months ago, my aunt shared a video of this simple kitchen tip. I was intrigued, tried it, and pleased to discover that it works!

Ready to give it a try? Gather your herbs and rinse them thoroughly. Line up the end of the stem with a hole in the colander and gently pull the stem through. The leaves should stay on the inside of the colander. Rotate the colander as you work your way through the herbs. When done, simply brush the leaves onto a cutting board and chop them.

I’ve tried out all three of my colanders and they each work for different types of herbs. The vintage aluminum colander has the smallest holes, and works best for herbs with thin stems like dill. Colanders with larger holes work for herbs with thick stems such as parsley and basil. The Kitchenaid colander has graduated holes, so this might be the most practical option for this use. I found the blue enamelware colander at the Southern Living store in Myrtle Beach, SC. I couldn’t find this product on their website, so I’ve linked to a similar one.

This simple kitchen tip has been such a time saver when prepping fresh herbs and I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Stay Hydrated with Infused Water

Don’t you love going to a hotel that serves infused water to their guests? I do! You can recreate that same experience at home, and stay on top of your hydration at the same time.

Whether I’m at home or at the office, I keep my water bottle nearby, and sip from that all day. When we go to the beach, I like to set up a dispenser of ice-cold, infused water. As we come and go throughout the day, we can re-fill our water bottles. This idea is fun for parties and cookouts as well.

Infused water at a grocery store we recently visited.

To try:
Fruits: Apple, Blueberry, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Honeydew, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Strawberry, Watermelon

Vegetables: Cucumber, Carrot, Ginger Root (I’ve seen celery in spa water recipes, but I haven’t tried it. I would use sparingly.)

Herbs: Mint, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme

Spice: Cinnamon sticks

The perfect use for those homegrown herbs!

Thoroughly wash all produce and peel it if necessary. For cucumbers, I remove strips of the peel.

Adjust these amounts to the size of your dispenser. In my 1.5 gallon dispenser, I use:
Ice to fill halfway
Approximately 2-3 cups of cubed or sliced fruits, berries or vegetables
1 very generous handful of herbs
Water (of course!)

Pour ice into the dispenser until it is half full. Place the fruit or veggies on top of the ice. Add a handful of herbs that you have crushed slightly. Crushing the herbs releases the essential oils. Fill the container with water, give it a little stir, and store in the refrigerator. Your infused water is ready to drink!

Here are some combinations that we like:
Cantaloupe / Cucumber / Mint
Cucumber / Lime Basil
Cucumber / Mint
Lemon / Lime
Lime / Orange / Mint
Strawberry / Mint

What do you think? Would you give infused water a try?

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