Saturday, 14 September 2013

Quick Tip: Fresh vs Dried Herbs

While I generally prefer to use fresh herbs over dried herbs, that's not always possible, and dried really is okay. However, unless a recipe states to use fresh, it is most likely dried variant that is the ingredient being listed. In general, I use a 3 to 1 ratio of fresh to dried in measuring. For example, 1 tsp of dried oregano equates to 3 tsps of fresh oregano.

Now, for those of you who like to grow your herbs in your garden (like me), you can dry them yourself for use in the winter. These will taste much better than the five year old bottle in your spice cabinet, truly. So, to dry them, all you really need is a way to produce warm air flow around the herbs. You can do this with dedicated dehydration machines (active and passive) or with a convection oven with the door propped open at 140 to 160 degrees (drying time varies with herb and quantity, so keep an eye on them). Enjoy!

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