Chimichurri sauce is a very simple way of preserving parsley when you have a glut in the garden.
It makes a wonderful condiment that will complement many dishes.
Do not bother to chop the ingredients; just toss them all into the tall, narrow container that comes with your stick-blender and let it whizz.
Freeze your chimichurri sauce in an ice-tray and when frozen, turn it upside down, pop the blocks into a bag, seal and label including a date, and then keep it chilled for future use.
Parsley does not dry well, so rather freeze it when you have plenty; then it is available year-round.
Parsley is one of the herbs that is particularly rich in magnesium, a mineral essential in the body to break down toxic homocysteine formed from protein metabolism.
It is one of the best sources of vitamins A and C; pyridoxine and folate too. Your chimichurri sauce for preserving parsley is like taking a powerful supplement, only it also comes with many phytonutrients that preserve us unto everlasting life. Well, it helps keep frailty at bay until your nineties.
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Wash all the greens properly as they are often full of little creatures who understand better than us that this is nature's pantry all in one herb.
Use the stalks too unless woody.
Chimichurri sauce is for preserving parsley and other herbs and then freezing them in cubes for easy use.
At least half of the nutrients in a lemon or lime are to be found in the pulp. It mystifies me that so many cooks use only the juice. Peel the fruit, keeping a little of the zest, slice and remove the pips and then use the whole fruit.
Limes often have no pips making it a little easier.
Cilantro is a much used herb worldwide but it has a bit of an acquired taste; it is just green coriander and known in the subcontinent as dhania. It is one of those plants that seeds itself and comes up every year in spring and autumn providing flavour to make your salads more interesting.Growing coriander is a cinch.
If your family turns up their noses, then use just half a cup or even less in your chimichurri sauce for preserving parsley at first until they get used to it.
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Depending on what foods you are going to use with your chimichurri sauce a teaspoon of natural honey always adds just a little for those with a sweet tooth; but only if you can find some that it completely unprocessed. Otherwise rather just omit it entirely.
Can you believe it that natural honey actually reduces the fasting blood sugar and lipid profile in non-insulin dependent type two diabetics?
You can now use your chimichurri sauce from preserving parsley and other herbs as a marvelous condiment year-round on a host of your favourite dishes; drop it in with eggs Florentine, in soups and fish recipes too.
It is simple condiments like this that not only make our food more interesting whilst at the same time caring for our bodies; old age is not something to be feared but to be looked forward too. Let your food be your medicine said Hippocrates; we neglect this much venerated but totally ignored doctor's wisdom at our peril.
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