Herb question for all the cooks/gardeners out there...

  1. :imbar Okay, I am terribly embarassed I don't know the answer to this, so be gentle, 'kay?

    I got an adorable little mini-herb garden for Christmas, with sage, oregano, and lemon thyme. They smell wonderful and of course I want to use them in cooking. My question is--how do I do that, exactly, without damaging the plant? Do I strip the leaves off the branches? Cut the leaves off? Cut the branches? And am I right in assuming that only the leaves should be used?

    The plants are doing really well right now, but I'm not known for having the greenest of thumbs, so...

    Thanks for your help!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   sunnygirl272
    pluck the leaves off prn for usage...if ya need alot, yank a "branch"...











    their only purpose in life is to serve you and they can be replaced...lol..
  4. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    their only purpose in life is to serve you and they can be replaced...lol..
    We're still talking about herbs, right? :chuckle

    Thanks, sunny!
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    We're still talking about herbs, right? :chuckle

    Thanks, sunny!
    ummmm....
    yeahhhh...
    the herbs...riiiiiiight,....
    lol...
  6. by   emily_mom
    I just take a small scissors and snip as needed....

    Kristy
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    Try not to scratch the Chia Head.
    -Russell
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by emily_mom
    I just take a small scissors and snip as needed....
    Are we still talking about the herbs?
  9. by   kimmicoobug
    what a neat present. I would have loved something like that, but I also don't have a green thumb.
  10. by   emily_mom
    NO COMMENT......
  11. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Snip them when thier young. The leaves can be dried and placed in the jar for future use. The leaves will continue to grow and reproduce. Use the young tender leaves they hold better flavor, even when dried.
    Zoe
  12. by   Q.
    What Zoe said. Strip the leaves, and pinch them when using in cooking. (don't just toss them on your food - pinching releases oils that add to the flavor) Or you can dry them, then crush them and put them in a jar later.

    If a recipe calls for one of those herbs, just go and pick the needed leaves off.
  13. by   OzNurse69
    As above - just rip them off, & don't be afraid of crushing the leaves as you do, cos this will release more of the fragrant essential oils.

    And if you don't use a particular herb for a while & it starts to get a bit leggy, just break off the ends of the stems anyway & it will go all bushy again...
  14. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by ITSJUSTMEZOE
    Snip them when thier young.
    Exactly.

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