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Old 03-11-2007, 08:08 PM   #31
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I agree with Drama Queen, there's a reason why they specifiy the type of herb in recipes--sometimes the flavor is stronger fresh, sometimes when it's dried. I always use what the recipe calls for. I only started to keep a small herb garden about a year ago. It's easy and definitely comes in handy!

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Old 03-11-2007, 09:12 PM   #32
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I prefer to grow my own herbs. In my area, a small package of the most commonly used herbs is more than $3. Besides, they are so saturated with water from the "fresh" spray in the produce section that they rot very quickly.

I have devised a tiered herb garden in an area of my yard that supplies me with chives, rosemary, parsley, oregano, basil, mint, and dill. I don't really need much from the market for our cooking tastes as a result.

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Old 03-11-2007, 09:40 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by foodstorm
I agree with Drama Queen, there's a reason why they specifiy the type of herb in recipes--sometimes the flavor is stronger fresh, sometimes when it's dried. ...
Good point, foodstorm. Generally, depending on how they are dried and what they are, dried herbs are more concentrated in flavor. The general rule of thumb is to use 1/3 to 1/2 as much dried herbs as fresh herbs. So, knowing if the recipe writer was using fresh or dried is essential to getting the amount somewhere within the ballpark flavor-wise if you have to substitute one for the other.
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Old 03-12-2007, 02:55 PM   #34
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I agree...with all those that grow their own herbs. I grow parsley, oregano,
chives, marjouram,garlic, onion, basil. These will grow fine in this climate.
Rosemary, usually I pot it and bring the pot in for the cold months.

Almost end of growing season I gather and freeze (each) in a small plastic container (purchase at the dollar store 3 for $1.00) The remain green and are fine for winter cooking.
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Old 03-12-2007, 03:23 PM   #35
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I put an herb garden in every year and I just love it! Not only for the convenience and the freshness of the herbs, but also for all of the birds and butterflies that visit the herb plot.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:49 AM   #36
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Keeping your own herb garden certainly will come in handy, and is an inexpensive alternative to always having to buy them. Also, some herbs arew very hard to find in a regular supermarket!
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:41 AM   #37
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I started having an herb garden when my daughters were very young. Probably in the neighborhood of 70-80 different varieties. Some were for cooking, but most were simply because they were pretty, smelled wonderful and the easiest things in the world to grow.

Having had an accident three years ago, I was unable to deal with an "in ground" herb garden since my kitchen door is about 7 ft above ground and I could not manage the steps. But, my, what I could grown in pots on the deck. One pot for basil for pesto and other good stuff, other big pots hold thymes,chives,rosemary, sage, parsley (evergreen all year here), another is for mints. Only the basil has to be planted each year. Parsley is a biennial, and sage, while a perenial, usually gives up in the 5 year neighborhood.

I don't think anything as encouraged me and my 2 daughters to explore cooking more than growing and using fresh herbs.
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:34 AM   #38
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Hello Everyone,
Herbs to me...spell summer! I at one time before my arthritis kicked in had a unique herb garden with over 200 herbs...it was so quaint...besides the plants I used chairs planted in their seats with pansys..all types of ornamentations etc...really enjoyed tinkering around out their...but...the golden years have changed those days drastically...now not to say I don't grow...basil, sage, thyme , dill, etc...probably only grow about 8 herbs now and use them regularly...love them on salads, meats grilling with rosemary is awesome, and make herb oils and herb vinegars...alas can't imagine food without some fresh herb on or in it...please give them a try ...you will be hooked...have a great day everyone. Jan
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:47 AM   #39
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I love growing my own herbs,when I can't I normally buy fresh and pay thru the nose for them!! But, also, there is a place in the kitchen for dried herbs and I do have a supply of them.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:41 AM   #40
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Herbs are fairly easy to grow, and we usually have several versions growing in the garden each year. Basil, mint, rosemary, and whatever else strikes our fancy... I also use dried herbs when the need arises. I make my own seasoning blends, too, and usually use dried herbs for those.

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