How many times have you bought fresh herbs and seen them go to waste?
I’ll take your silence as admittance that it has happen as many times to you as it has to me.
I hate wasting my time and money. In the city herbs like cilantro, rosemary and basil are expensive and you have to make special trips to different grocery stores to get everything you may need for a recipe. Also who has room to store fresh broth in your freezer? I do not! A few years ago I stumbled upon a few key kitchen staples that would change my life (yes, I know this might seem dramatic but I’m serious)
Now I always have chopped chives, basil, parsley, cilantro and crushed garlic on hand.
The freeze dried chives and parsley are perfect for adding into eggs, and seasonings. They spring to life with just a little steam or olive oil. I love using them in salad dressings. So delish. Having ‘fancy” flavors around can make an everyday meal special.
The frozen chopped and crushed ones work like the real deal with just a little thawing. Each cube is equal to about one teaspoon of fresh flavor.
Another one of my kitchen secrets is vegetable bouillon. I used to stock up on broth but it took up so much freezer and cabinet space. Also I found that too many vegetable broths relied on mushrooms as a base and I HATE mushrooms. This vegetable bullion is the base of every soup I make. It is a perfect substitute for the real deal.
While I know having fresh herbs and broth is always the best option it is not always the practical option. I’d rather have freeze dried chives in a fresh made meal than a frozen meal any day!
Most of these items you can find at your regular grocery store or Whole Foods. The prices are low and they last for a very long time making your dollar stretch further.
What kind of kitchen shortcuts do you use?