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Back End of a Caterpillar

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Love those tubes of fresh herbs.

Nobody else in my household is really keen on fresh herbs. For me, they add flavour and vitamins and colour to my soups and salad dressings and omelettes without much in the way of additional calories. So I'm a big fan.

But when I buy a whole bunch of dill, or cilantro, then generally speaking I won't get it all used up before it's gone a bit slimy. Which has gotta be sub-optimal. Whereas a tube of fresh chopped cilantro comprises three average bunches and stays fresh to the end. And in addition, if I want, say, "Italian" then I'd have to buy a bunch of basil, and a bunch of rosemary, and a bunch of Italian parsley, and a bunch of . . . you get the idea. Which means that the tube of mixed chopped fresh herbs in whatever "ethnic" variation is also a terrific idea.

So yeah. Getting a tube of fresh chopped herbs is a huge bargain.

And this morning when I was preparing this week's pot of curried lentil soup, I added a big squirt of the fresh cilantro right at the end. Mmmm. Delicious.

As a person who looks for and raises Monarch caterpillars every summer on milkweed leaves until they spin up into their jade green chrysalises, and then ultimately hatch and fly away, I'm really not all that squeamish about the back end of caterpillars either.

Still, while making my soup this morning it did occur to me . . . and I immediately suppressed that thought. Firmly. Because I really like fresh herbs. And am not a vulgar person, not at all!!

Just sayin'.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/21/2011 7:48AM

    I never even thought of using the tubes. I got so sick of composting 3/4 of a bunch of herbs that I planted cilantro, chives and mint (for mojitos!) in my side garden. I'm going to try this. Where do you get yours? I can't remember where I've seen them.

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PENNYAN45 6/21/2011 7:46AM

    Thanks for the tip. I also like to use fresh herbs when I cook - and often wind up with a slimy bunch of stuff in the bottom of the refrigerator.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/20/2011 11:46PM

Thanks for sharing this tip! I'm really enjoying fresh mint from the garden at the moment. It's great minced into yogurt with salt and pepper, eat chilled.
You have also reminded me of the cilantro my mother planted in the garden a couple of years ago. Last summer it reseeded itself. I'll wander out into the corner in the morning and see if it's growing this year.

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NEWKAREN43 6/20/2011 8:39PM

    Thanks for sharing this bit of info and the link. I grow basil and use it all summer but as I get too much, I make pesto from it and freeze it in ice cube trays to use as I want through the fall, it never lasts much into winter, I have a pesto eating family!!! them...I added you as a friend, I hope you'll add me too. Blessings on this journey of health and fitness. Karen

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BARBIETEC 6/19/2011 6:50PM

    omelettes!!!! I have not thought of that!!! Wow I am going to try that out!

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FLOWINGWATER 6/19/2011 5:15PM

    Hmm...gotta check out those tubes. I've never seen them, but herbs are so darn PRICEY! It's a shame when the go slimy. I'm trying to plant as many as I can, so I don't have to buy, but things like cilantro, basil, and parsley are annuals, so they're a pain.

Thanks for the tip!!

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NANCY- 6/19/2011 4:21PM

    Thanks for the info about the tubes. I hate it when good herbs go bad.

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WATERMELLEN 6/19/2011 3:31PM

    The tube herbs I've been buying are called Gourmet Garden, manufactured in Australia and imported into North America through a California distributor:


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IMAGINE_IT 6/19/2011 3:28PM

    I love to experiment with fresh herbs..even though i just started a few months ago...i usually 'throw' a little bit of "this and that" into my soups..and other dishes...and nothing tastes better!! But i am not sure if we have 'Herbs in Tubes'...that is probably another cool Canadian Thing?? emoticon raise Monarch caterpillars??? Awesome!!
I love Butterflies..and been looking into planting more Butterfly friendly shrubs...etc... emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 6/19/2011 3:06PM

    Give us some information about how to get these herbs, sounds like just what I am looking for. I love the fresh herbs and hate the slimeys when I don't use them up.

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CARRAND 6/19/2011 2:35PM

    I'll have to look for those fresh herbs in tubes. I don't think I've seen them.

I make a curried lentil soup that I love. I just finished the last bowl of it out of the freezer, so it's time to make more.

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LESLIELENORE 6/19/2011 1:07PM

    I had never heard of fresh herbs packaged like that, so thanks for the info. I love fresh herbs, but usually only get them in the summer from the farmer's market or my parent's garden.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/19/2011 12:58PM

    LOL... love it! I have a recipe that calls for fresh cilantro but it's rather a big deal when I make it... this suggestion might make me more likely to prep it!


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PHEBESS 6/19/2011 12:36PM


I have to add that certain herbs freeze well, rosemary being a prime example. Also oregano and thyme. Basil, not so much. Not as good as green and fresh, but better than dried. (I LOVE cilantro!!!!! Mmmmmm, so much like the taste of summer!)

And I'm thinking that I need some milkweed in my garden......

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