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Kitchen Tip: How to Quickly Chiffonade Fresh Herbs

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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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate

Thursday 3rd of March 2011

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.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 2nd of March 2011

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!

Happy When Not Hungry

Wednesday 2nd of March 2011

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


Wednesday 2nd of March 2011

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


Wednesday 2nd of March 2011

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