Monday, May 21, 2018

Keep Things Fresh! Growing Your Own Herbs for Home Cooking



Nowadays, when we head out to buy ingredients for a delicious home-cooked dish, we’re constantly pestered by news articles and scientific studies. We’ve grown to be worried about all sorts of artificial ingredients, colorings, pesticides, and additives that might have worked their way into the food that we’re picking up from the supermarket shelves. Now, sourcing absolutely everything that you use from local, organic suppliers would be nigh on impossible. That is, unless you want to move to a mythical location where you can get pineapples, pak choi, and fresh fish from your own backyard. However, there are certain things that you can grow yourself without having to leave the country or dedicate your life to cultivation and agriculture. Herbs are one of your viable options. If you like your dishes with a little flavor, chances are that you already incorporate a variety of herbs into your home cooking anyway. But there’s something extra special about cooking with herbs that you have grown yourself. Not only does it taste a whole lot fresher, but you can guarantee that the herbs you have grown are pure and unadulterated. So, if this sounds like something that you could get on board with, here are a few sage pieces of advice (excuse the pun) that can help you get started on the right foot.

What You Will Need

Herbs can be grown indoors and outdoors, however, it is generally advised that if you intend to eat them at some point, you should keep them indoors. This means that they remain clean, rather than being exposed to wildlife and the elements. Besides this, all they really need is a container, watering, and a little supervision. Some herbs will require fertiliser to reach their full potential, so if this is something that you are going to opt for, remember that organic liquid fertiliser is best for edible plants. While you should look into whichever herbs you decide to grow in more detail, you should bear in mind that the majority of herbs flourish in a bright location, so kitchen windowsills tend to be a top spot.

Choosing Herbs

There are a whole host of different herbs out there that you can easily grow in a home environment. So let’s take a look at three crowd favourites for now.

Basil

Basil is one of the most commonly used culinary herbs. The most common type is sweet basil, which is said to have flavours of liquorice and cloves. It can be used to make pesto, which goes perfectly with pasta and as an extra topping for pizzas.

Rosemary

Rosemary is originally from the Mediterranean and is deemed one of the most aromatic and pungent herbs out there. People compare its spiky, needle-like leaves to lemon-pine, which goes perfectly with garlic and olive oil in a variety of dishes.

Chives

Chives have a very onion-like flavour, which is why they often replace onions themselves in flavours such as cheese and chive. You should throw these into a dish once it is already cooked, as heat destroys their flavour.

So, there you have it. A basic how-to when it comes to keeping your dishes fresh with your own homegrown produce!


xxo
Kim

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