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Easy Chopping With Herb Scissors - Kind to Arthritic Hands

Updated on January 3, 2014

A Surprising and Most Delightful Gift from Mom for a Mom

My introduction to RSVP Herb Scissors was right in my kitchen, when my elderly mother came for lunch. With a sparkle in her eye she fished a little package from the tote bag that hung on her mobility scooter.

Since I'm an artist, not so much a crafty person, I couldn't imagine what she thought I would do with a zillion strips of paper. But she opened my refrigerator and grabbed a handful of fresh clean parsley from the crisper.

Parsley and paper? What was this frolicsome

creative mom of mine doing now? She was 90, after all, but what I saw delighted me - the first couple cuts delivered enough uniformly chopped garnish for our potato salad topping! I was hooked and couldn't wait to try the gizmo out on chives. It worked brilliantly, and likewise with all sorts of garnishes.

It's nifty to dish up the food and then snip away at favorite herbs right over the plate, giving each person just as much as they like. Everyone gets into the fun of it. After the first tasting of the cooking pasta sauce I know just how much more herbs to add and I can cut them right into the pan - so there's no knife and cutting board to clean - just the shears.

I even chopped a little wedge of onions - just enough for my morning scrambled egg for one - and on a couple occasions I used it to mince a hard boiled egg (if you decide to do the egg or the onion, just be sure to use a veggie brush to wash the scissors in hot soapy water right away).

The only con, in my book, is that wet herbs will cling to the blades, so it's much better to use dried herbs. This is where a salad spinner comes in handy, if the cook forgot to wash and dry the herbs before refrigerating them, or if they just need a rinse, fresh out of the garden. The scissors still cut finely, but there's some wastage from the bits that stick on the blades.

Cuisipro Herb Keeper
Cuisipro Herb Keeper

This gadget has the knack of herb storage elevated to a fine art. It's elegant, as far as storage devices go, and it actually prolongs the life and health of fresh herbs.

Weighing the benefits of getting to use every last bit of basil or cilantro, against a one-time purchase of this 4 Star Rated unit is a no brainer for me. I opt for the Herb Keeper. Although it's plastic, it is BPA free according to reviewers who have rated the product.

An added bonus can pay for itself in a couple uses. This jar will keep your asparagus fresh and in prime shape. I've had my last limp wrinkled asparagus, and that's a fine thing!

 
The Herbfarm Cookbook
The Herbfarm Cookbook

If you're lucky enough to live in the Seattle, WA region and you like marvelous modern cuisine, you've likely heard of the Herbfarm Restaurant. It's notorious for the splendor of its 9 course meals. Be sure to make your reservation months ahead, because this is one popular establishment.

If you don't live nearby, but would like to learn how to concoct some of the chef's favorite items, this is the cookbook to accompany the Herb Scissors and the Herb Keeper.

The three gifts together make one fabulous present for the cook on your list - a newlywed, a retiree, or single pop who's just donned the Chef's hat.

 

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Yeah, these are great (no need to use a knife and cutting board). Plus, some herbs "stain" my cutting boards - so I prefer to use herb scissors. Definitely a handy item to have in the kitchen.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I find that using scissors in the kitchen definitely saves time for me.

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      These herb scissors look great!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Mary Crowther: It's nice to know what they're designed to do.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @sousababy: Wow! I sure was slow to catch on to the purpose of these nifty scissors.

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      I use regular kitchen scissors, but these look like they would work much better!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @angelatvs: Isn't it surprising how fast thinkers can create such things!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens. And aren't they a clever idea. Time savers too.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Merrci: When Mom brought these shears I must have missed the part about using them on herbs. I at first thought they were craft scissors, to use on paper, but I couldn't imagine why I would want short strips of paper.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      What a smart solution for the job! Gotta buy one to my wife... She often needs to chop some parsley or other herbs and this is it! Thanks for your great review!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Diaper Bag Blog: She'll be so happy to have this gift. Just be sure to tell her what it's purpose is, or she'll be wondering why you want so much confetti.

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      ConnieGreen LM 3 years ago

      I had never heard of these - thanks for sharing!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @ConnieGreen LM: And to think that I thought they were for making confetti!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I have used regular shears for years like angelatvs but these are certainly an upgrade. I have "crumbled" bacon with a shears as well and I think these would work well for that as well. Yum.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Since my bacon eating days have dwindled I've not tried them for that but I'm betting they will work too.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      wow this looks like a great product, I would really like to get this. Thanks for sharing!

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      phjames 2 years ago

      Great lens! I could really use this.

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