Looking to add a little flavor to your cooking? Then you’ll need to learn how to cut thyme! This herb is a versatile addition to many dishes, but can be tricky to work with. Luckily, we’ve got a quick and easy guide on how to cut thyme the right way.
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Thyme is a fragrant, herb that is often used to flavor savory dishes. It is a member of the mint family, and its leaves can be used fresh or dried. When fresh, thyme has a milder flavor, while dried thyme has a more intense flavor.
To get the most flavor from thyme, it is best to use fresh thyme. But if you only have dried thyme on hand, that’s okay too. Here’s how to cut thyme the easy way, no matter which type you have.
What You Will Need
-A cutting board
-A sharp knife
First, rinse the thyme under running water to remove any dirt or debris. Then, using a sharp knife, carefully cut off the bottom stems of the thyme. You can discard these stems or save them for another use.
Next, hold the thyme in one hand and using a sawing motion, carefully cut the thyme into thin pieces. Try to make the pieces as even as possible so that they will cook evenly.
Finally, transfer the cut thyme to a cutting board and give it a final chop to desired size. And that’s it! You’re now ready to use your freshly cut thyme in any recipe.
Step One: Gather Your Supplies
The first step to properly cutting thyme is to gather your supplies. You will need:
-a sharp knife
-a cutting board
-a bunch of fresh thyme
Step two is to wash your thyme. Even if you plan on using only the leaves, it is important to get rid of any dirt or debris that may be on the stems. Simply hold the thyme under running water and give it a gentle shake to remove any unwanted guests.
Step three is to prep your knife. Take a sharp knife and make sure that it is clean and dry before you begin cutting. A dull knife will crush the thyme leaves and make them harder to work with.
Step four is to start cutting! Hold the bunch of thyme in one hand, and use the other hand to snip off the leaves with a sharp knife. Start from the top of the stem and work your way down. Do not cut too close to the bottom, as this will make it difficult to remove the leaves from the stem later on. As you cut, let the leaves fall onto a cutting board or plate.
Step five is to remove the leaves from the stems. Once all of the leaves have been cut, gently remove them from the stems by running your fingers through them or using a fork. Be careful not to damage the delicate leaves during this process.
Thyme is now ready to be used in any dish! Enjoy!
Step Two: Cut the Thyme
Pry off a small handful of leaves from the thyme sprigs, using your fingers. If your recipe calls for minced thyme, stack the leaves on top of each other and then roll them into a cylinder. Use a sharp knife to slice the rolled-up thyme leaves as thinly as possible. If you’re just looking to add some flavor to a dish and don’t need the thyme to be minced, simply snip off the leaves with a sharp pair of scissors.
Step Three: Store the Thyme
Once you have cut the thyme, you will want to store it in an airtight container. You can use a plastic zip-top bag or a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Be sure to label the container with the date so you know how long it will last. Thyme can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Now that you know how to cut thyme, go forth and flavor all of your dishes! Be sure to keep trying new herbs and spices to find new flavor combinations that you love. And don’t forget to use those stems in your cooking – they pack just as much flavor as the leaves.