"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Herbs and Spices
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-15-2013, 01:14 PM   #11
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 16,877
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrystalWriter View Post
You found me out ok fresh herbs we rarely use, as my mother has an extensive spice & dried herb collection (most of which are a few years old.)

So when I started cooking the meals on a Sunday (she works), I just stash dive, and don't really look. We've had some interesting combinations of herbs/spices & food.
You will be shocked at the difference in flavor between fresh and dried herbs. There's just no comparison, particularly with soft herbs like parsley and basil.
__________________

__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #12
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,884
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
I recommend herbs that are noticeably better fresh (rosemary is horrible little sticks that poke your gums when it is dry. It's really nice fresh). I would especially choose herbs that are less available fresh at the grocery store, as well as the ones that you use in small quantity. If I buy fresh rosemary or mint, the chance of using it up before it goes off or dries up is low, so just cutting the small amount I need is far more practical for me.
__________________

__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 02:50 PM   #13
Sous Chef
 
mmyap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 673
I grow chives, green onions, both flat leaf and curly parsley. I have a huge rosemary bush and some sage as well. I need to replenish the basil. I have a little bay laurel going but I don't harvest from it yet because it's still small and I'd have nothing but a stick left in a very short time.
__________________
mmyap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 02:53 PM   #14
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,884
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
Quote:
Originally Posted by mmyap View Post
I grow chives, green onions, both flat leaf and curly parsley. I have a huge rosemary bush and some sage as well. I need to replenish the basil. I have a little bay laurel going but I don't harvest from it yet because it's still small and I'd have nothing but a stick left in a very short time.
I'm curious about the chives. You live in Hawaii. One of our members who lives in SoCal can't manage to grow chives. I have no problem growing them in Quebec, but we have WINTERS.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 02:57 PM   #15
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,378
Quote:
Originally Posted by mmyap View Post
...I have a huge rosemary bush...

We have tried a number of times to keep a rosemary plant/bush alive with zero success. We have planted them outdoors and moved them indoors for the winter, left them outdoors all year, kept them indoors all year. It doesn't matter. They die. SO is the gardener and we follow all the info we find on the topic to no avail.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 03:08 PM   #16
Cook
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: England
Posts: 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by GotGarlic View Post
You will be shocked at the difference in flavor between fresh and dried herbs. There's just no comparison, particularly with soft herbs like parsley and basil.
I buy fresh from the supermarket, when I can. They tend to die off very quickly. I grow saffron, but that came about as a mistake, when an online garden supplier sent me the wrong crocus. Sadly harvesting the threads are a pain.

So if there was a herb garden, I might get a chance to replace the dried stuff, before they go seriously off
__________________
CrystalWriter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 03:22 PM   #17
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 16,877
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrystalWriter View Post
I buy fresh from the supermarket, when I can. They tend to die off very quickly.
How do you store them? I put them in a vase of water on the counter or windowsill and change the water every day or so. They last about a week.
__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 03:27 PM   #18
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,378
Quote:
Originally Posted by GotGarlic View Post
How do you store them? I put them in a vase of water on the counter or windowsill and change the water every day or so. They last about a week.
Yes, or less for things like basil.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #19
Sous Chef
 
mmyap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 673
Quote:
Originally Posted by taxlady View Post
I'm curious about the chives. You live in Hawaii. One of our members who lives in SoCal can't manage to grow chives. I have no problem growing them in Quebec, but we have WINTERS.
Maybe it's the variety? All I ever see on sale her are called "garlic chives" and rather then round and cylindrical they more flat. But they are "chivey" nontheless. And as far as the rosemary, I completely neglect it. I do know that I have mostly sand here. I always dig a bigger hole and fill it with potting soil. That rosemary as far outgrown it's potting soil addition. It must love sand and draught.

My challenge plants are tomato's. The birds get to them every time.
I've hung metallic streamers off the tomato cage and I've actually stuck plastic snakes around the plants trying keep the birds off them. Fail.
__________________
mmyap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 10:26 PM   #20
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 5,413
Basil, chives, mint, cilantro, and parsley. Next year, I'll probably add rosemary to the mix.

I used to grow a lot of different herbs, but for the past couple years I've just cut back to the ones I use most. For example, I used to grow lemon thyme and it would always end up going to waste. Same with oregano. I've found I don't care for the flavor of fresh oregano and the dried stuff is dirt cheap.
__________________

__________________
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
herbs, other

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.