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How to figure out fresh spices, when the recipe calls for dired spices

Discussion in 'Herbs' started by shea1973, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. I have been wanting to start using more fresh spices in my recipes, rather than using dried spices. I was wondering if anyone knew of a website or some other type of way that helps to figure out how to convert the mesuarment from dried spices to fresh spices. 

    For example, say a recipe called for 1 Tablespoon of dried basil, but instead you want to use fresh Basil instead, but not sure how much Fresh Basil to put in to replace the Dried Basil?
  2. Fresh herbs are less potent than dried herbs.  When you dry them out, it concentrates the flavors.  The problem is, I wouldn't begin to know how to tell you what the ratio might be.  I don't measure anything when I cook.  If I were going to try and wing it, I would probably multiply X1.5 for fresh herbs.  But, that's just a guess. 
  3. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    1 teaspoon of dried herbs = 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs
  4. Thanks Les.  I knew somebody would have an answer.
  5. Thank You for the help in the measurements Les![​IMG]
  6. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    so the ratio is 3 fresh = 1 dry.
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Likewise I have always heard 3:1.  That can vary depending on the spice and the "freshness" or age of your dried spices.  3:1 is a good starting place, but your taste will be the final factor.

    Good luck and good smoking!
  8. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    Actually, I never heard of the 3 to 1 but it makes perfect sense. Very interesting.
  9. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    There is 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon.  When you have a recipe that calls for 1 teaspoon of dry herbs and you want to use fresh herbs you will need 1 tablespoon to equal the dry that the recipe calls for. Dry herbs are way more powerful than fresh so you need to add more.The 3tea.=1 tablespoon is just how many teas it takes to equal a tablespoon.
  10. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good to know. I always thought it was 2 to 1.
  11. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    The way I do any thing is just guesstimate. And taste test well mixing if possible. No one can really say how much so and so you need every ones taste is different.