Spring is around the corner (right?), which means locally grown, fresh herbs like chives, tarragon and parsley are coming. That is, unless you already have our cool new Aerogarden (shown above) and can grow your own fresh herbs all year long. Either way, we’ve rounded up our top ten herb tools to help you make the most of the crop that’s coming.
Just pull woody herbs like thyme, rosemary and lavender through the holes to strip off the leaves neatly. A handy little bowl collects and measures the stripped herbs.
No more lugging out the food processor or spending long sessions at the cutting board. A quick tug on the handle is all it takes to turn fresh herbs into perfect pesto, sauce verte, chimichurri and more.
If you’re short on kitchen space, this is the one to get since it’s actually two handy herb tools in one. The stripper removes leaves from stems, and the mill lets you easily grind herbs right into your dish.
Two razor-sharp blades cut herb prep time in half. With a simple rocking motion of the wrist, you can work through a bunch of herbs in seconds.
Just slide the ring over your finer, and then roll this innovative tool through a pile of fresh herbs to mince them easily.
We love this simple solution for freezing herbs. You fill the stick with chopped fresh herbs and a little bit of olive oil. Once the herbs have frozen, just squeeze the base and slice off a sliver of fresh herbs whenever you need them.
#8 Herb Shears
Forget chopping tiny herbs—with just a few quick snips, you can add all the finely cut, fresh chives, dill, oregano, chervil and more to your dish.
Herbs last longer in these handy pods. Just fill the bottom with water and insert the herbs, which can stay fresh for a few weeks stored this way in your fridge.
Keep your fresh herbs frozen and easily organized in this smart tray. Each compartment holds up to 2.5 ounces of your favorite fresh herbs, spices or blends.
Those are our favorites — did we miss any of yours? And if you have any tips on prepping and storing fresh herbs, please share!