Frugal Cooking With Herbs Fun And Easy

Frugal cooking with herbs is ones of the best ways to add flavour to your food. Why frugal well herbs are so easy and cheap to grow that you won’t be spending lots of money to turn your recipes into full flavoured exciting dishes for your family.

Herbs are great for the novice frugal gardener and can be grown in your garden or small containers. Even if you don’t have a garden you can still grow some herbs in pots on your windowsills. There’s nothing quite like the flavour of fresh herbs from the garden, they can even be dried or frozen to use during the winter to pep up your winter dishes.

Frugal cooking can sometimes seem a little bland but with the addition of different herbs you can turn them into food fit for a king. Herbs can be used in all sorts of food such as:

  • Soups and stews
  • Bread
  • Dips
  • Vegetable dishes
  • Salad dressings
  • Spreads such as butter and mayonnaise
  • Or used as simple garnishes

Frugal cooking with herbs can seem a little daunting at first and a little experimentation is required to get a fuller understanding of all the various flavours and combinations that can be used in your food. Try single herbs at first, using only a little. Then as you can try different herb combinations and quantities to get the perfect results.

To start use some well tried and tested food combinations such as:

  • Basil with tomato
  • Rosemary with lamb
  • Chives and cream cheese

Here are a few easy recipes ideas to get you started

Herb Butter

Use chopped up fresh herbs of your choice or dried herbs. Soften some butter and mix the herbs in, then allow to cool and place in the fridge before serving. Can be used in recipes or to spread on your bread.

Mint Tea

Use springs of washed fresh mint leaves from your garden (any type of mint will do)

Boil some water and add the leaves, now leave for a few minutes to allow the flavour of the mint to seep into the water.

You could also serve this chilled allowing the water to cool and then add ice and some fresh mint leaves as garnish. A great refreshing summer drink.

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