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How To Chop Rosemary and Thyme

Fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme make a world of difference to the flavor of your dishes. This video shows how to prep and chop them, quickly and efficiently.
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  • sprigs of rosemary or thyme
  • chef's knife
  • cutting board
  1. Remove the needles or leaves

    Holding a sprig of thyme or rosemary at its top, slide your fingers down it, to the bottom, to strip off the leaves or needles.

    Tip: Try to chop only what you need; herbs will last longer intact.

  2. Bundle the needles and slice across

    Thyme leaves are usually small enough to use without chopping. To chop rosemary needles, bundle them together and slice until you reach the desired fineness. Store any leftover herbs in a plastic bag that can be sealed.

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