I love to cook with fresh herbs, but am horrible about using them before they go bad. I tried the plant route and while that works well for me in the summer time, it doesn’t work so well in the winter time. I noticed about 6 months ago that right next to the fresh herbs in my grocery store, there were small tubes of herbs. I picked up one to see what the shelf life was and while they do have an expiration date, it was months off. Jon has a recent fascination with cilantro, so I figured that would be the best one to sample first.
The tube of cilantro says “gluten-free” right on the side of it, which makes me dance in the aisles of the grocery store. One of these days I am going to see myself on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” or the like, especially since everybody & their brother seems to have a phone with a video camera. I went to check out the rest of the products that Gourmet Garden makes to see if they were all gluten-free. This is what I found:
Q. Is Gourmet Garden Gluten Free?
A.Gourmet Garden products have been tested for gluten and the analytical results show that there is no detectable gluten within the products. As the glucose syrup used in Gourmet Garden Italian Herbs and Fresh Blends Poultry is derived from wheat there may be trace amounts of gluten that are not detected by analytical tests.
Looks like my world just got a whole lot brighter (or at least more flavorful)! My first task at hand was to re-create the rice from Chipotle for Jon. I found a recipe online, but decided to wing it since my lime juice disappeared. Here is what I did:
Kim’s Chipotle-like Rice
- 1 cup white rice (I used long grain white)
- 1/2 tsp Gourmet Garden Cilantro
- Sea salt
Mix together & enjoy.
This simple rice got the thumbs up from Jon. I know he was telling the truth because I heard Jon tell his friend “Dude, my mom just made Chipotle rice” as I was walking away! I was all smiles, as he seems hard to please lately.
There are so many other varieties that I am anxious to try now! The recipes section of the website has some great combinations that is sure to inspire anyone. Gourmet Garden products can be found in stores across the US. I found them in our produce department right next to the fresh herbs.
What is your favorite herb to cook with?