Cooking with Dried Herbs
Dried herbs are an essential ingredient in many recipes, providing flavor and aroma to dishes. In this section, we will discuss how dried herbs can be used in cooking. When you dry your own you know their origin and you can save lots of money by making your own spice mixes!
Culinary herbs, such as thyme, oregano, and rosemary, are popular choices for drying due to their robust flavor profiles. To incorporate dried herbs into your cooking, simply crush or crumble them before adding them to your dish. Keep in mind that dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh herbs, so a little goes a long way.
Here are some tips for using dried herbs in different types of dishes:
Soups and stews
Add dried herbs early in the cooking process to allow their flavors to meld with the broth. Common herbs for soups and stews include thyme, oregano, and bay leaves.
Mix dried herbs with oil and acid (such as lemon juice or vinegar) for a flavorful marinade. Popular herbs for marinades include rosemary, thyme, and oregano.
Mix dried herbs with oil, vinegar, and other seasonings for a flavorful salad dressing. Herbs such as basil, thyme, and oregano work well in dressings.
Toss dried herbs with vegetables before roasting for added flavor. Try using rosemary, thyme, or oregano with root vegetables like potatoes or carrots.
Dried herbs can be easily found at your local grocery store or dried from your garden. To ensure the best quality, dry herbs when they are at their best.
By incorporating dried herbs into your cooking, you can elevate the flavor of your dishes and take advantage of their many (health) benefits. And save some money too! Besides all that, maybe the most rewarding thing is just being able to use what you’ve grown and know where it came from.