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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 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.