Do you pick each leaf off parsley, cilantro, mint or do you just chop right from the bunch?
Topic: Do you pick each leaf off parsley, cilantro, mint or do you just chop right from the bunch?
July 17, 2019 / By Maddox Question:
I always see chefs grabbing a bunch of parsley and chopping from the top (never picking leaves). Am I wasting my time picking each leaf off th stems for just about every herb?
Best Answers: Do you pick each leaf off parsley, cilantro, mint or do you just chop right from the bunch?
Jehosaphat | 6 days ago
As a former chef I only trimmed the mint as the stems are woody and bitter, I even when doing Thai cooking have used the cilantro roots in curry pastes, parsley roots are used in Jewish cooking for soups, but why waste it, once it is finely chopped who knows the difference, and the stems of the cilantro.are nice, I use them in my Vietnamese Pho soups.
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I select the leaves before chopping (unless I'm putting them all in the food processor for something like pesto) because there are usually dried or brown or otherwise unappetizing leaves in each bunch. Also, I don't like to use the stems in most fresh herbs. No, you're not wasting your time, you are being a conscientious cook.
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I pick the leaves, even on cilantro even though I keep hearing from TV cooks/chefs that the stem of cilantro is more tender than that of parsley. Whatever. Pick, pick, pick
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I try to line mine up so the place where the stems have no more leaves all start at the same place and then chop away stopping and the place where I get only stems and no leaves.
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With the softer ones do like the chefs, but with the woody ones like rosemary just run them between your fingers so you can pick out the woody stems.
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I'd say invert it out of the tupperware bowl and chip away at the edges with a sharp knife until you have enough, but if you're really worried about cutting yourself, then put it back in the freezer until you have enough people to eat it all and make something else. Next time, freeze in individual servings in freezer bags.
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