Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Something handy for your kitchen

It's possible that I've been living under a rock. I can't say for sure. But in any case, I didn't even know these wonderful things existed:



These are some frozen herbs that Rob found on clearance at our local Super Target. Only $1.73 a piece, and each packet has several individually packaged portions.





I enjoy cooking with herbs, but I don't enjoy making daily trips to the grocery store. So these little frozen herb portions are really handy for us. We bought 3 different ones.

Basil:



Ginger:



And parsley:



I've already used the basil and ginger a few times. The ginger in particular is awesome for use in stir fries. It's almost as good as the fresh chopped variety. It would also work well in one of our favorite recipes, the Pioneer Woman's ginger and steak (or chicken) salad. I doubt most people would be able to tell the difference.

I'd also like to get cilantro, if it's available. That's one of my herbs of choice. And if they make these for rosemary, I'd be in cooking heaven.

Are there any other handy dandy time savers for an aspiring chef like me? Just assume I haven't heard of it (again, the rock thing). Please comment below.

Over and out.

5 comments:

Danielle and Clint September 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

O how cool! I didn't know about these also. I wonder if my grocery stores have these!

Kate@TwentySixToLife September 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM  

Wha??!? I've never heard of these. So these aren't plants right? (I kill those) Just herbs? I could handle that.

And I have the best time saving meal idea ever: Take out! ;) It's just a 5 minute phone call away ...

Lauren September 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

They sell them at Trader Joe's as well - and I think the normal price there is about the same. They might have cilantro, too, but I'm not sure.

You can do this on your own with fresh herbs, though. Save the containers you've got now - it really helps! You can just blanch the fresh herbs and then freeze them as they are. I've heard that mixing a little bit of olive oil in helps keep the freshness, but I imagine it could easily be done without.

Katie September 19, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

Ok these are the neatest things ever. Off to go scour target for them. Thanks for the tip!

m @ random musings October 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

cilantro doesn't hold flavor well: you're better off with the dry stuff.

I make my own, using ice cube trays. You could probably triple the number of frozen cubes for <$2 of fresh basil. And buy local/organic too ^_^

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