Questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with herbs as a main ingredient.

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sprig of thyme dry substitute ratio

I have a recipe that asks for 2 sprigs of thyme. How much dry thyme do i use as a substitution for the fresh? Or what does 2 fresh sprigs of thyme measure, a tablespoon?
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How do I cook with bay leaves?

I am an amateur hobbyist cook. So a lot of the time I will toss in a dash of something, taste the dish, and add a bit more. Experimenting sometimes with disastrous results... but I learn :) One spice ...
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Why did some leaves of my fresh Fenugreek turn yellow after a few days of purchase, and how to prevent the leaves from turing yellow?

5 days after I purchased fresh Fenugreek, I noticed some of its leaves turned pale yellow. What does that indicate, and how to prevent it (if it is a bad thing)? The Fenugreek was placed as a tied ...
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Which parts of fresh Fenugreek am I supposed to throw off before attempting to dry them out completely?

The fresh Fenugreek which I bought contains: - long stems - green leaves - yellow leaves I wish to know what parts of fresh Fenugreek am I supposed to throw off before attempting to place them ...
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Can cilantro be used for tea or tisane?

I love using my dehydrator. Can I use dried cilantro as tea, or with other herbs to make tea? If so, how would I pick herbs to use with it?
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Why do we need to soak dry Fenugreek leaves in warm water, and then sprinkle salt over them?

What's the benefit of soaking dry Fenugreek leaves in warm water and then sprinkling salt over them? From: http://www.everestspices.com/masalas/kasuri-methi Soak the Everest Kasuri Methi in ...
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What is the procedure to dry out Fenugreek leaves?

It is winter here. I wish to purchase lots of fresh Fenugreek leaves and then dry them out for later use. Questions: What procedure should be followed to dry them out in winter as fast as possible ...
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What kind of herbs are common in Italian dishes?

Yesterday I tried to follow a pasta recipe that called for tarragon. Since I didn't have this herb, I sustituted basil. For convenience, I may try to plant those commonly needed herbs myself so I ...
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Is there a way to safely can pesto sauce?

I grow basil and I have enough that I would like to can some pesto sauce. I have tried to find a way to can it but I keep hitting a wall. I would like to give a few cans of pesto to people for ...
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How to get more flavor out of dried herbs?

What is the proper way of bringing the flavor out of dry herbs like oregano and basil? In the US I use fresh herbs to make my pizza sauce. But since I've moved to Norway they don't have any fresh ...
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Is it a good idea to grind dried oregano with a mortar and pestle?

Someone explained to me that I could increase the surface area of my herbs significantly when grinding them in a mortar with a bit of salt. It is indeed quite easy to grind them down to a powder. I do ...
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When and why would one infuse flavor into sugar for baking?

Listening to The Splendid Table today, the first caller asked how to infuse flavors into her marshmallows. The answer provided was essentially to infuse the sugar, by placing herbs, tea, lemon rind, ...
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How should I use lime leaves when making Thai green curry?

When making Thai green curry should the fresh lime leaves be torn in to big pieces and then taken out when ready or shredded so that they can be eaten ? I have found that when I shred them they ...
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Is lavender used to season food?

In almost every kitchen herb garden (at least around here), there is lavender growing. Is there anything that uses lavender for flavoring?
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How to maximize and preserve horseradish potency without vinegar?

Is there a way to pre-grate and store horseradish in a manner which preserves and maximizes its potency without relying on vinegar? Preferred storage time is approximately a few hours, a day at most.
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Difference between parsley and coriander(cilantro)?

A lot of falafel recipe calls for both chopped coriander/cilantro and parsley. Online images look the same to me. Is there a difference between the two? Would omission of one drastically change the ...
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What's the best way to learn what each seasoning is?

For example, Iike cayenne pepper is spicy and marjorum has a smoky flavor. I just want to learn the different flavors of each seasoning, so I can know exactly what seasonings to use for the different ...
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How do I make cumin and herb cheese at home?

I would like to make cumin and herb cheese at home without using any special cheese-making equipment. At what stage should I add my cumin and herbs? Which herbs should I use? Should I use fresh or ...
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How to (cheaply) maintain a plentiful herb supply

I love herbs. When I buy them in packets, it seems they are ludicrously overpriced and go bad quite quickly. I keep them in the fridge, but perhaps there is a way to make them last longer? I have ...
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How do you dry herbs?

We've had a container-based herb garden on our deck all summer, which has been wonderful. Unfortunately, the weather is predicted to hit freezing in the next week or so, and now I'm looking for ways ...
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What is maggiorana and how can I use it

Someone left me a jar of maggiorana and I have no clue what to do with it (other than pass it on to someone). Wikipedia says "marjoram is synonymous with oregano", but the stuff I have tastes and ...
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How can I mill / press sweet sorghum with household equipment?

I grew sweet sorghum this year as it looked like the easiest way to grow "sugar" in New England. Now I've harvested it, but I'm hard pressed (ha ha) to find a way to mill it with generally available ...
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What can I do with verbena leaves?

I have many verbena leaves (dried) at home. I use them for herbal tea (maybe with honey) but I wonder whether they could go with any meat or main dish? Thanks
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Would one use holy basil to make pesto sauce? Are there other culinary uses?

I got some holy basil seeds (via mail) from a guy on an internet forum. I planted them and they are growing nicely. They taste similar to thai basil. Would one use holy basil to make pesto sauce? Are ...
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What kind of dishes use fresh coriander fruits

I grew some cilantro in my garden and allowed some of it to go to seed. Most commonly, I've seen the seed pods dried and ground. Where I live at least, the fresh leaves are referred to as cilantro and ...
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What herbs would be effective in Pizza dough? [closed]

I have had very good luck making pizza dough in my bread maker and have started adding some spices such as chilli flakes and italian seasoning in the dough itself. I can taste the heat from the chilli ...
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What are some good uses for Lemon Basil?

When putting in the garden this year, I planted a Lemon Basil plant along with the usual Sweet Basil. For the most part, I have been combining it with the Sweet Basil to make pesto, various ...
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What kind of mushroom goes well with Tandoori Chicken on a pizza?

I was thinking of making a pizza with the following ingredients which I found on reddit.com. I'm looking for a dream team of herbs, spices and mushrooms to complete this. Sun dried tomato and ...
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There a Difference between Chinese parsley and cilantro

Is there a difference between the two? It looks almost like cilantro?
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How to store fresh coriander for future use, outside refrigerator, so that they don't lose their taste? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Store Fresh Herbs I have seen this thread: How to Store Fresh Herbs, but I won't want to use a fridge neither I have any garden. All I have is the plastic bottle. ...
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How long can a bottle of self-made basil sauce last without rotting?

I made a bottle of basil sauce by myself last year summer. It composed of basil leave, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese. It was kept in a glass bottle in the ...
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Lemon Balm Uses

It's growing like a weed, and has a wonderful smell just wondering what I can use it for in the kitchen?
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Couldn't make pesto in a blender

I was making pesto one day and couldn't find the lid to my food processor. So first I tried mixing it all in a blender. Didn't work, the leaves wouldn't go down to meet the blade. I had this pastey ...
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How to cover up bad jenever?

Last weekend, I bought a bottle of passion fruit jenever. Normally, this tastes very sweet and has a nice fruity flavour. But unfortunately, I had to buy a brand with which I'm not familiar with. The ...
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What is the most effective way to extract mint flavor for a Mojito?

How can one prepare mint for a Mojito a way that will optimally extract its flavor? Are there any other factors that are important while making the drink?
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What flavorants stand up to long cooking?

My answer to this question (link) prompted a question in my own mind. I wanted to share some tips regarding when to add herbs, spices, aromatics, etc., and had a few suggestions (bay leaves and garlic ...
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How to reduce bitterness of Basil?

I had some fresh Basil which was going dry, so I decided to make it into a sour cream dip (don't ask me why I didn't think of making a simple pesto before I added the sour cream).. The final product ...
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How much dried herb to use when substituting for fresh herbs?

When replacing a fresh or leaf herb in a recipe with the dried or powdered kind, what is the ratio I should normally use for the substitution? E.g. if the recipe calls for 2 teaspoons finely chopped ...
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Substitute for marjoram

Are there any herbs similar to or anything i can substitute marjoram with?
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How do you prepare fresh fennel for cooking?

How do you prepare fresh fennel for cooking? My isntructions just say to "roughly chop", but don't say what parts of the plant to use.
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culinary difference between dill and fennel

Many salmon recipes use Dill (Anethum graveolens) as the usual ingredient as condimentary herb. In my place, I have fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) available outdoors, so I opt to use it instead. And I ...
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Substitute for lemon grass in curry dish

I have a meal planned in a few days and it calls for lemon grass. Problem is I've been to the store a couple of times and they don't have it. (the store is a block away and I don't feel like ...
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Is there a measurable difference between fresh and dried minced garlic?

For example, I just tried a recipe for Rosemary Potatoes last night that called for a tablespoon of minced garlic. I believe the recipe may have referred to it being freshly minced, but I have some ...
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How do I measure frozen herbs, like dried or fresh?

I froze a lot of my herbs over the summertime, but now I'm not sure how to measure them for my recipes....Do I measure as fresh or dried?
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1/4 cup of shredded basil OR 1/4 cup of basil that is then shredded?

I am thinking of making a Chicken Parmigiana that I found on the Lidia's Italy website - http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/398. The recipe calls for "1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, shredded." I am ...
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What flavor (if any) do ti leaves impart? How about substitutes?

I'm just back from a trip to Hawaii, and hot to make an oven version of kalua-style turkey. Of course, all the recipes call for Ti leaves for wrapping the whole thing up. I don't think I can easily ...
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Will vegetables and fresh herbs last longer in the refrigerator in a plastic bag?

Is there a difference between how long fresh herbs and vegetables last if they are in a plastic bag or in the open? If it does, is there a break-down of which ones it does make a difference for - ...
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What can I substitute for Kaffir Lime Leaves?

Kaffir Lime Leaves seem to be a common ingredient in Thai food, particularly coconut based dishes. I have never seen them in Atlanta, and I've looked (farmers market, whole foods, normal grocery, but ...
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What is the most efficient way to prepare (very small) fresh oregano leaves?

While making my manicotti tonight, I received a painful reminder that the stuffing isn't actually the most tedious part of the process - it's pulling all the tiny leaves off the oregano stems. It ...
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How do “frozen fresh” herbs compare to fresh?

I noticed my grocery store has "frozen fresh" chopped herbs (basil, cilantro, oregano I think, among others) in the freezer section. How would these compare to fresh herbs?