Cooking at home can seem daunting, but can improve your health and save you money in the long run. In this series we will take a look at kitchen utensils and gadgets that can make cooking at home easier.

Today’s gadget is the herb stripper. This is a great tool to get if you are looking to start using fresh herbs in your cooking for seasoning, instead of using salt and fat. You select the right diameter hole to pull the stem through and the leaves will be conveniently removed. This particular unit has a bowl at the bottom to catch the leaves. Some units are shaped life a leaf and have larger diameter holes to pull larger leaves like kale or chard through. These also sometimes double as a knife or a rocking cutter to coarsely chop the leaves. If you don’t know where to start, there are tons of resources online for recipes and ideas on using fresh herbs for marinades, rubs, dressings and more.