Question about Thyme

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newme2

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Hi all!

I have a recipe for red beans and rice that calls for thyme. In my spice drawer, I have ground thyme and dried thyme leaves. I don't know which one I should use in the recipe since the recipe doesn't specify, it just says "thyme."

Anyone know?

TIA:)
 

Zhizara

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Welcome to DC, newme2!

I've always used dried thyme leaves. Ground thyme could be overpowering in the same measure because it is denser.
 

CWS4322

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Welcome to DC!

I would use it, although I usually use fresh thyme because I have it year around. When using fresh thyme, because it is a woody herb, it is often recommended to strip the leaves from the stem. Other recipes recommend putting the whole stalk in and remove before serving.
 

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