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Cooking With Dried vs. Fresh Herbs

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

A fresh-to-dried herb converter isn't the only thing you need to consider. Herbs, whether fresh or dried need to be added to recipes at different stages. Dried herbs are best added during the cooking process, as it allows the flavors to infuse into the whole dish.

However, when using fresh herbs, you should wait until the cooking process is almost complete, so that they maintain their brightness and vibrant color. Sometimes, dishes will benefit and look much more exciting with a little sprinkle of fresh herbs right before serving.

Dried herbs are ideal in soups, stews, and cooked sauces, as well as in a spice rub. Before you sprinkle the dried herbs into a dish, crush the flakes into the palm of your hand. This helps release the aromatic oils of the herbs, which will boost the flavor intensity of your meal.

Use fresh herbs when making salad dressings and salsas or if you just want a pop of color as a garnish when serving a dish.


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