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my_psychosis 11-20-2007 03:53 PM

Substituting dry herbs for fresh - how much?
 
I'm making a brine for my turkey, it calls for 4 sprigs fresh thyme and 4 sprigs fresh rosemary. How much would that be dried? Thanks much. :smile:

PytnPlace 11-20-2007 04:13 PM

How much brine? A couple gallons?

my_psychosis 11-20-2007 04:38 PM

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Originally Posted by PytnPlace (Post 510586)
How much brine? A couple gallons?


2 gallons yes.

jennyema 11-20-2007 04:40 PM

Thats a lotta rosemary.

You use less dry than fresh. I'd suggest starting with a teaspoon of thyme and a generous pinch of rosemary. Taste the brine and adjust it accordingly.

Michael in FtW 11-20-2007 04:43 PM

LOL - it depends on how big the sprigs are, if you want to go by the 3:1 or 2:1 ratio (fresh to dried) ratio, and how long your dried herbs have been hibernating in the cabinet.:wacko:

Somewhere between 1-2 teaspoons of each should get you in the ballpark.

GotGarlic 11-20-2007 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Michael in FtW (Post 510602)
LOL - it depends on how big the sprigs are, if you want to go by the 3:1 or 2:1 ratio (fresh to dried) ratio, and how long your dried herbs have been hibernating in the cabinet.:wacko:

You know, I've wondered about this. How big is a standard (is there such a thing?) sprig of herb? Since I grow most of my own herbs, I can cut off as much as I want :tongue:

Michael in FtW 11-20-2007 05:36 PM

You know GG - I've wondered about this (and how big is a bunch) and was searching around for an answer when you posted this. According to this page on Herbs, Spices, and Seasonings - a standard sprig is assumed to be 4-inches long, unless othwise noted in the recipe.

I know that if I buy "fresh" herbs from Albertson's they all come in a clear plastic box about 4-inches long, but if I get a bunch of herbs from Central Market they are tied together with a rubber band, have the stems in water to keep them fresh, and range anywhere from 4-6 inches long, generally longer than 4-inches.

Bilby 11-20-2007 06:25 PM

Margaret Fulton, the doyen of Australian cooking, recommends 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for every tablespoon of fresh. Here tablespoons are 20mL and teaspoons are 5mL.

Caine 11-21-2007 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Bilby (Post 510646)
Margaret Fulton, the doyen of Australian cooking, recommends 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for every tablespoon of fresh. Here tablespoons are 20mL and teaspoons are 5mL.

And how many milliletres are her sprigs?

miniman 11-21-2007 02:50 PM

I've always gone for the teaspoon dried to one tablespoon fresh. I would estimate a sprig to about a tablespoon - depends how chopped up.


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