how to chop herbs

Thank you to those of you who have been emailing us to say how useful you find these cooking videos Danny is doing.

When he and I first met, I felt competent in the kitchen, but not necessarily confident. I chopped fresh herbs hesitantly, in wide swaths, going too fast at times. Danny taught me to slow down and enjoy the entire process.

(That’s the gist of our cookbook, as well.)

Danny and I both would like you to know the small joy of chopping rosemary fine and basil into a chiffonade. Plus, he shows you how to use basil as a cologne.

Here you go — how to chop fresh herbs.

20 comments on “how to chop herbs

  1. glutenfreemama

    woohoooo! Thanks for sharing! We have lots of both of these herbs in the garden and use them regularly! I made a slow roasted fresh tomato sauce yesterday and judging by the numbers of tomatoes still ripening, there will be many more batches to come. Rolling up the basil leaves…never thought of that.…that will save a lot of time! It is only 7 am and I have already learned something today…methinks it’s going to be a good day :)

  2. sweetpea

    I’d kiss anyone adorned in essence of basil. Great tutorial. Totally on board with the fresh vs dried herbs, no comparison really.

  3. Sirena Shamounki

    I Love it! Even though you’re not on camera, you and your husband’s amazing chemistry is SO evident. He’s really a natural on screen BTW and you guys have such a funny repartee going. You know, this “basic” stuff you’re teaching is invaluable! I love the video series :-) and love getting a glimpse into your lives.
    EXCEPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPT can we please not bring up the monkeys on the bed? during my best friend’s visit, with her little 3 year old boy, No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed was the SOUNDTRACK to the weekend and once it gets in my head there’s NO stopping it! Especially the weird hip hop version on YouTube, BTW! You’ve gotta check it out.
    Went to the doctor and the doctor said.….. No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

  4. Shaina

    I loved it! Right now we’re in the process of preserving herbs for use in the winter months. We have been rolling and freezing for easy use later on to avoid those dull dried herbs.

  5. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

    Hi Shauna & Danny!! I was chopping herbs with a good friend last night for dinner and it was so grounding. I love the sound of the knife against the cutting board. Fabulous video!

    Have a great time at IFBC! I am so thrilled you’ll be speaking & Danny will be cooking. I *wish* I could make it this year but it just wasn’t in the cards. I’ll be thinking of everyone and sending good vibes.

  6. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

    Hi Shauna & Danny!! I was chopping herbs with a good friend last night for dinner and it was so grounding. I love the sound of the knife against the cutting board. Fabulous video!

    Have a great time at IFBC! I am so thrilled you’ll be speaking & Danny will be cooking. I *wish* I could make it this year but it just wasn’t in the cards. I’ll be thinking of everyone and sending good vibes.

  7. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

    Hi Shauna & Danny!! I was chopping herbs with a good friend last night for dinner and it was so grounding. I love the sound of the knife against the cutting board. Fabulous video!

    Have a great time at IFBC! I am so thrilled you’ll be speaking & Danny will be cooking. I *wish* I could make it this year but it just wasn’t in the cards. I’ll be thinking of everyone and sending good vibes.

  8. Ginny the Sock Monkey

    Oh wow, I know this video is just about chopping herbs, but it not only made me very happy because it’s really silly but also very excited to get out there and practice chopping some rosemary.

    Oh man, I wish I could smell things from a video…

  9. Happy Valley Mom

    Luked the video–learning so much!!!
    Danny mentioned putting the stems in stock–can you do a post on stock–I make bland, yucky stock–would love to learn how to make a good one!

  10. Happy Valley Mom

    Luked the video–learning so much!!!
    Danny mentioned putting the stems in stock–can you do a post on stock–I make bland, yucky stock–would love to learn how to make a good one!

  11. Happy Valley Mom

    Luked the video–learning so much!!!
    Danny mentioned putting the stems in stock–can you do a post on stock–I make bland, yucky stock–would love to learn how to make a good one!

  12. {Livin' a sweet and salty life}

    Thank you, you two! This was informative and enjoyable to watch! Hahaha I loved hearing you two interact throughout it…definitely entertaining and cute :). Can’t wait for the next one!

    Jessi

  13. clotilde

    Love the fun tone of these videos, and love the basil-as-cologne tip at the end of this one — now that’s a real bonus!

    (If I may put on my French teacher hat for a second, I’d like to point out that in French, “chiffonnade” is pronounced with a clear “ee” sound in the first syllable — like “chee-foh-nad” and not like “chef-o-nad”.)

  14. Rachel

    Love these videos! I started using Danny’s tip about the damp towel under the chopping board…now I wonder why I didn’t work that out years ago. So much less perilous to one’s digits!

    Thanks as always for your wit and insight!

  15. Arbie

    Great video, though I was cringeing every time I heard CHEFonnade. French = sheef-oh-naad; English = shif-oh-naad. Shef-oh-naad is just odd.

    You guys are cute ;-)