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Ratio of Fresh Herbs to Dry Herbs

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2007

When cooking with fresh and dry herbs, there is a general rule when it comes to the ratio of fresh to dry. Because dried herbs are generally more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs, you'll need less -- typically three times the amount of fresh herbs as dry. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, you need only 1 teaspoon of dried, since 3 teaspoons equal 1 tablespoon.

Storing Herbs
Fresh-cut herbs can be wrapped in a paper towel, stored in resealable plastic bags, and then put into the refrigerator. Dried herbs should be stored out of the light and in a cool, dry place. Keep an eye on how long your herbs have been open -- if they've been open for too long, they'll smell and taste less potent.

Comments (2)

  • ASingingWolf 23 Jun, 2013

    Yes you can freeze a few sprigs of fresh rosemary but you don’t want to stuff the whole bunch in a bag to freeze. I've placed dried rosemary from http://maisonterre.net/ in the freezer and pulled it out to use with no problem. Using dried rosemary instead of fresh means you'll need to use less - remember 1 teaspoon of dried equals 1 tablespoon of fresh. Dried rosemary tends to have a strong, concentrated flavor; it is easy to overdo it. I make dried rosemary Paleo crackers everyone loves!

  • whbdeb 12 Aug, 2012

    I have a big pot of rosemary. How can I dry it and can I freeze rosemary? Or just put in a jar like the other herbs? Thanks in advance. I really need to know what to do with the herb.