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

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shea1973

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Sep 16, 2010
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From Vandalia Illinois
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?
 

smoke 2 geaux

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Mar 18, 2010
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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. 
 

shea1973

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Sep 16, 2010
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From Vandalia Illinois
Thank You for the help in the measurements Les!
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venture

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Aug 1, 2008
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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!
 

les3176

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Feb 10, 2009
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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.
 

monoxide

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Jan 29, 2012
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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.
 

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