By Carl Hanson
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Chopping thyme takes time. You have to peel all the wee leaves from the stems.

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But if you freeze the thyme in plastic bags (using this simple technique), the prep-work is super easy:

Any time you need chopped fresh thyme, pull the baggie from the freezer and give the stems a little noodling with your fingers.

Like so...

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The "chopped" thyme collects at the bottom of the bag. Of course, if you prefer a finer mince, give your herbs a few extra hacks with a kitchen knife.

This herb-noodling technique also works great with rosemary, marjoram, and mint.

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