Small food processors are excellent for grinding dry herb leaves

The compact food processors offered by North Country Herbs have been chosen so that herb gardeners and cooks can work with the perfect size processor for their kitchen requirements.  These food processors can chop herbs to make tasty sauces, spreads and dips.  But, they are also ideal for grinding the whole leaves of dried herbs that can be incorporated into family meals.

Whole dried oregano leaves ready to be ground with the Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor

Whole dried oregano leaves ready to be ground with the Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor

Many cooks will use the whole leaves of herbs in their cooking, and that is appropriate for some dishes.  But other recipes call for the addition of dry ground herbs.  Using a small food processor makes an easy job of taking the whole leaves of dried herbs and grinding them, as needed, for a particular recipe.

One delicious Italian dish that would use ground herbs is chicken oreganato, seasoned with olive oil, lemon and, of course, oregano.

Oregano (O. Herecleoticum) in the Garden

Oregano (O. Herecleoticum) in the Garden

Oregano (Origanum) is a perennial herb.  The leaves of Oregano are used in cooking.  While there are many varieties, Greek Oregano (also known as O. vulgare or O. Heracleoticum) is very flavorful.

Oregano grows best in the United States Department of Agriculture (U. S. D. A.) Zones 5 through 9.  The plant needs full sun and well drained soil.  Greek Oregano will be 18 to 24 inches in height and should be spaced for a width of 18 inches. One Oregano plant can give you an abundance of leaves, which you should dry and keep whole until just prior to use.

Whole dried leaves of Oregano in bowl of a compact food processor

Whole dried leaves of Oregano in bowl of a compact food processor

Grinding the herb leaves will release the essential oils of the herbs that impart their flavor.  Keeping the leaves whole until just prior to their use will keep these flavor oils intact.  That is why is best to grind the whole herb leaves right before you are ready to use them and have the storage time of the ground herbs kept to a minimum.

Since there is a need only for a small bowl to grind the amount of herbs used in family recipes, the compact food processors offered by North Country Herbs are suitable for the task.

Both of the food processors that we offer have reversible blades.  One blade is sharp for chopping herb leaves and the other blade is blunt for chopping denser foods. To grind whole leaves of dried herbs, you would use the sharp blade.  Once you have set up the proper blade, you would put the whole leaves of the herbs into the bowl of the food processor.

The Cuisinart Mini Prep food processor has a reversible blade to chop food. The sharper side of the blade would be used to grind dried herbs

The Cuisinart Mini Prep food processor has a reversible blade to chop food. The sharper side of the blade would be used to grind dried herbs

Then you put on the top of the food processor, locking it in place.  You then start the food processor which will cause the blade to cut through the dried herbs leaves.  In short order, really just a matter of seconds, the herb leaves will be ground and ready for use.

Oregano ground by using a small food processor

Oregano ground by using a small food processor

The herb cook will find many uses for this small kitchen appliance. The ability to easily grind dried herbs in order to prepare delicious herb-centered meals is a great reason to purchase a food processor from North Country Herbs today.

North Country Herbs offer two food processors.

The Cuisinart® Mini Prep is equipped with a 21 ounce bowl and comes in black chrome and white.

The Cuisinart ® Mini Prep Plus® is equipped with a 3 cup (24 ounce) bowl and comes in brushed chrome or white.