Learn how to prep, store and cook with some of the most common fresh herbs, such as basil, chives, cilantro, rosemary, sage and more.
Cooking with herbs is an easy way to infuse a recipe with flavor. Not sure where to start? Use this infographic as a quick reference for how to prep and store fresh herbs, plus ideas for how to cook with them. Try stirring a handful of basil and some marjoram into your favorite tomato sauce or rubbing a chicken with a mixture of thyme and rosemary before you roast it. Make homemade pesto to stir into pasta or chimichurri sauce to serve with your favorite grilled meats. Add your favorite chopped herbs to homemade vinaigrette or creamy ranch dip. Herbs like cilantro and mint are excellent tossed in an Asian-inspired salad. Some herbs may be more familiar to you than others. Experiment with a few at a time until you find ones that you like.
For the freshest herbs, grow your own. Herbs are among the easiest plants for beginner gardeners and they grow well in pots, so you don’t need a lot of space. Start with seedlings, such as basil, chives, cilantro, mint and parsley, so you can start harvesting your first herbs right after planting. Plant in a large pot with well-drained soil and water regularly. Place in a sunny spot on a windowsill or outside near your kitchen door and you’ll have fresh herbs at the ready whenever you need them.