Welcome to this post that will talk about the best way you can get thyme of the stem. It can be annoying and a hassle leaving the stem and only getting the delicious and fragrant leaves. We have found that the best way to do this is by pinching the stem of the thyme and then dragging it.
Make sure you do it against the grains of sorts. This will take off the leaves very easily. Just make sure you keep a container underneath to catch all those leaves. In this article we will dive a bit deeper on that and also reveal another trick to getting them off. One that many chefs are actually using in professional kitchens.
If you want to learn more about thyme and especially the taste of it then we have the article for you. Find it here, What Thyme Tastes Like.
Best Way To Get Thyme Off Stem
We have found that the best way to get the leaves of the thyme stems are like we said in the beginning. You pinch the stem with two fingers and then you drag it through. Doing it against the grains will make all the leaves fall off and you can enjoy them as you wish.
This is the fastest way we have found to get them off. They might still be a little bit robust but that’s home cooking. A small amount of stem won’t hurt you. On the tender stems of a thyme they will actually be edible. In our opinion this part of the thyme is also delicious.
Let’s talk about that trick that the professionals are using. We tried it as well to see the results of it. They use a sieve and drag the stem of the thyme through it. On one side the leaves will be left and on the other you will have a completely stripped thyme stem. This will leave neater and nicely picked thyme leaves ready to be used.
Note that when you take off the leaves they will not last as long. They can start wilting quickly and even within a week they won’t be any good. so it’s important that you try to use them as quickly as possible. Since you have grown them yourself and taken care of them it’s a great waste seeing them thrown away.
Can You Use Thyme Stems
You can absolutely use the stems of the thyme. This is a great way of making sure that there is nothing going to waste. One of our favorite ways to use them is in soups or stocks. Here we can put them in whole. But if we want to enjoy them raw in a salad or what not then we very thinly slice them. These we them sprinkle over whatever we want them on. A delicious way of adding some fragrance to a dish.
Are Thyme Stems Poisonous
The thyme stems are not poisonous. But with most things you don’t want to eat too much of them. But the amount of thyme you would have to eat for it to be harmful would equal a yearly intake in one go almost. We guess that you won’t be doing that any time soon even if you are a fan of the herb.
Instead of throwing them away you can instead use them in a sauce or a stew. Just make sure you leave them in there whole so they are easier to get out of there.
Let’s summarize again on what we talked about here. The best way we know about stripping the thyme of the stem is to pinch it first. Then you drag it through and off all the leaves. Keep them in a dry container in the fridge for up to a week or so. After that you might need to get some new and fresh thyme.
Are you wondering if your thyme is starting to go bad? In this article here we will discuss some of the things to look out for and identify if they can still be used. Find it here, Does Thyme Go Bad.
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