Sugar and Cancer: What’s the link?

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Sugar has taken over the modern diet.  It is the root cause for obesity, fatigue and many sicknesses.  And we aren’t talking natural sugar.  It is the processed, empty calorie sugar that provides no nutritional value or maintainable energy for your body.  Sugar, particularly in the United States, is often made from sugar beets and corn.  The majority of these sugar beet and corn crops are genetically modified, or better known, thanks to a wave of health nuts, as GMOs.

Storing, Drying & Freezing Fresh Herbs

Whether you have an herb garden or you just picked up far too much parsley at the store last week, read below for fresh herb preservation techniques.

 

Storing Fresh Herbs

There is better way to store herbs than to just throw them in a bag in the fridge. Try putting an inch or two of water in a plastic quart-sized container and dipping in your herbs, stem end down. Fold over the tall herbs and close the container. And voila! You have fresh herbs that will last in the fridge for weeks.

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Use a container like this! Except with herbs, not fruit. Ew. 🙂

Drying Herbs

Drying fresh herbs is as simple as giving them a whirl in your microwave. Sandwich herbs between layers of paper towels and mic for a minute, then check and add more time as needed. Hearty herbs do best with this method, such as:

  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Savory
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano

Once your herbs are dry, package them in a jar whole or grind them up to your liking.

 

Freezing Herbs

There are many options when it comes to freezing fresh herbs. Here are a few ways to freeze some flavor that can be used for up to 2 weeks:

  1. Chopped and placed in a zip-lock bag
  2. Chopped and covered with just enough oil to form a paste, then scooped into an ice cube tray. Transferred to a zip-lock bag.
  3. Chopped and covered with just enough water to form a paste, then scooped into an ice cube tray. Transferred to a zip-lock bag.
  4. Blanched in boiling water, chilled, chopped, covered with just enough water to form a paste, then scooped into an ice cube tray. Transferred to a zip-lock bag.
  5. Chopped and covered with just enough oil to form a paste, then scooped into a zip-lock bag with as much air pushed out of the bag as possible. Placed on a baking sheet in the freezer.

The herbs that you should probably freeze are the delicate types, such as:

  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Basil

 

There you have it! Now you have no excuse to include herbs into your cooking because not only are herbs delicious, they’re also very good for you. Happy cooking!