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Old 06-13-2015, 02:01 PM   #11
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That may be so but I'm one of those odd people who thinks it tastes like soap...
SO and I are the same way. Raw cilantro tastes like soap. So salsa without cilantro is just fine with me. After all, salsa is just Spanish for sauce.

I do find cilantro loses its soapiness when cooked.

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Old 06-13-2015, 05:36 PM   #12
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That may be so but I'm one of those odd people who thinks it tastes like soap. I used to grow a ton of it until I realized I didn't care for it and had better use for my limited garden space.

I tried to like it. I really did.
It's okay. It's genetic

Glad to hear you didn't find this Freeze Dried alternative to fresh "not bad". It gives me hope I didn't fall for the advertising hype. ...

That's my thinking also Creative. Though it might be more expensive I sure hope the process of freeze drying preserves the fresh better then simply drying. It is much faster at displacing the moisture and the color of the end result looks promising.

Only time will tell.
I hate to be a wet blanket, but as a Master Gardener who created a presentation on preserving fresh herbs, I was curious about this and did some research. I found a textbook on food manufacturing that had a section on freeze-dried herbs. It said the color is preserved better by this process but the essential oils that provide flavor and aroma are lost. I'd be interested to know what you think when you try it.

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Old 06-16-2015, 04:05 PM   #13
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I've never had freeze-dried basil but in my experience, dried basil is nowhere near similar to fresh and I wouldn't use it in a recipe that calls for fresh. I don't think freeze drying would preserve the flavor any better. However, I've used dried basil in an herb and spice mix for pan-fried fish and we enjoyed that.

To preserve fresh basil for later use, I whiz it up with some water in the blender and freeze the mixture in ice cube trays. Then I use it in soups, stews and sauces. It tastes just like fresh.
Great idea GG!

Along with MsM, I also like the little frozen cubes of Dorot herbs. http://www.dorot.co.il/?CategoryID=27The cubes are tiny and I think I'll save the plastic container they come in to use your trick.

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Freeze Dried Herbs Basil was on the shopping list the other day. The Basil's I'm growing aren't far along enough to harvest and I like to keep dried on hand for convenience. In the produce section they had Freeze Dried Basil. They also had other herbs but Basil caught my eye. It looked a little greener then the dried and the label insinuated just add water and you've got fresh. :rolleyes: Yeah, yeah. Every minute and all that. :lol: It wasn't cheap @ $3.99 for .28oz. But I bought it anyway to give it a try. Nothing ventured, Nothing gained. :chef: It's a German product and I'm interested if anyone has experience with freeze dried herbs? Did I fall for the hype? :ermm: It will be awhile before I try it as I want to use up the dried I have before open this container. 3 stars 1 reviews
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