Kitchen Tip: How to Quickly Chiffonade Fresh Herbs

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The following Kitchen Tip is a guest post by Naomi of Bakers Royale. Welcome Naomi!

I have to admit, I have a tendency to be impatient especially when it to chopping, dicing or making a chiffonade of herbs. The food processor is a great shortcut for the first two, but it doesn’t works so well on the later.

how to chiffonade herbs with scissors

The blade of the food processor tends to tear and mangle the herbs rather than creating the long, thin ribbons associated with chiffonade herbs.

Now of course you can always use a knife, but unless you have Tyler Florence speed with chopping you can achieve a pile of chiffonade herbs in half the time with a pair of scissors.

3 Easy Steps to Quickly Chiffonade Herbs

  1. Wash and pat dry the fresh herbs.
  2. Cut the stems off of the herbs and discard. Then stack the leaves one on top of another.
  3. Roll the stacked herbs vertically and cut length wise to create long thin ribbons.

And you’re done!

Thanks, Naomi, for sharing this great tip with us! Now you have me craving fresh herbs. I especially can’t wait until it is warm enough to plant some basil in the backyard!

Delicious Recipes Featuring Fresh Herbs

Naomi Robinson, wife and mother of one, blogs at Baker’s Royale where she shares her baking creations, what inspires her and anything drool-worthy enough to repeat over and over.

Without formal training in the art of baking, She’s armed herself with an abundant reserve of passion and determination for baking and creating. Naomi lives by the motto: you don’t have to be the best—you just have to be your best.

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - March 01, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    Using scissors to chiffonade is a great tip, it makes it easy to do it right over your dish and not have to dirty a separate cutting board.


  • 2
    Amanda - March 01, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Awesome tips and pics!!


  • 3
    Robyn | Add a Pinch - March 01, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    What a great tip! I love this!!!


  • 4
    Tracy - March 01, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Wonderful tip! Can’t wait to practice it!


  • 5
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - March 01, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    Love this tip! I love using fresh herbs!


  • 6
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - March 01, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    Using a scissors to cut herbs is one of my greatest joys in the kitchen! It’s so quick and easy, and the end result is beautiful.


  • 7
    Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) - March 01, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    I LOVE using scissors in the kitchen! Beautiful photo, too!


  • 8
    erik - March 02, 2011 @ 12:00 am

    Thanks for this post. It will really help me with my cooking.


  • 9
    koko1215 - March 02, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Yummy!!! just one look and you’ll be starving even it’s a picture!!!


  • 10
    Happy When Not Hungry - March 02, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    Love your tips! I always use my kitchen scissors for my fresh herbs. Thanks for sharing!


  • 11
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - March 02, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    Such a great tip! I love how easy it is to snip herbs into a dish with kitchen scissors… Perfect for garnishing right before I take photos!


  • 12
    Jenn @ Frugal Upstate - March 03, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    I love using scissors for herbs. . . I’m all about “easy” and “snip snip” is as easy as it gets. You don’t even need to get a cutting board dirty.


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