substitute fresh and dried herbs

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Because the dehydrating process concentrates the flavours of dried herbs, it’s always advisable to dial down the quantity when using dried herbs to replace fresh herbs. 

A good rule of thumb is to cut down the quantity to a third; so if you need 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, opt for just one teaspoon of dried herbs. 

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Although there’s widespread perception that fresh is always better, there is barely any difference in flavour when using dried versions of strong savoury herbs like oregano, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves. So go ahead and stock up on these cheaper, pantry-friendly alternatives.

Do note that when it comes to things like mint, basil, and dill, the fresh herbs tend to taste more flavourful and vibrant than their dried versions. 

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1 tbsp fresh, chopped basil = 1 tsp dried basil

Alternative herbs: oregano, thyme for European recipes, and mint for Asian recipes

1 fresh bay leaf = 2 dried bay leaves (This is a rare exception where you dial up the quantity when using dried herbs)

Alternatives: juniper berries

1 tbsp fresh dill = 1 tsp dried dill

Alternative herb: tarragon

1 tbsp fresh kaffir lime leaves = 2 tbsp dried kaffir lime leaves (You need to double the quantity here too)

1 tbsp fresh marjoram = 1 tsp dried marajoram

Alternative herbs: oregano, sage

1 tbsp fresh oregano = 1 tsp dried oregano

Alternative herbs: marjoram, thyme and basil

2 tsp fresh parsley = 1 tsp dried parsley

Alternative herbs: celery tops, cilantro

1 tbsp fresh rosemary = 1 tsp dried rosemary

Alternative herbs: sage, thyme

1 tbsp fresh sage = 1 tsp dried sage

Alternative herbs: rosemary, thyme

1 tbsp fresh tarragon = 1 tsp dried tarragon

Alternative herbs: fennel seeds, anise seeds, dill

1 tbsp fresh thyme = 3/4 tsp dried thyme

Alternative herbs: rosemary, oregano, parsley