Tip of the Week :: Fresh vs. Dried Herbs

Fresh vs. Dried Herbs - The Savory and The BeautifulThanksgiving is around the corner–there are mavens who begin planning months in advance making sure their pantries are fully stocked for any emergency, and then there are the rest of us who, last minute, decide to whip up a dinner and before you know it we’re rummaging through the fridge looking for the fresh thyme a recipe calls for, however all we have is a jar of dried thyme.What to do?

Fresh vs. Dried Herbs - The Savory and The BeautifulNo need to freak. No need to call your girlfriends in a panicked sweat. Just reach for your measuring spoons! It’s really that simple. All you have to do is use the 1:3 ratio. If a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, you can easily swap it for 1 teaspoon of dried thyme (there are roughly 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon). This all being said, both have their own flavors, so you won’t get the same exact flavors, but you will come very very very close. Keep in mind that fresh herbs are best when uncooked or minimally cooked such as in dips or salads, where as dried herbs, due to their intense flavors, are best for longer cooking times such as in soups or roasting.

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