- Food and Cooking
Easy Chopping With Herb Scissors - Kind to Arthritic Hands
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.
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!
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.