In addition to a variety of common cooking herbs, we also carry other unique herb spices, like summer savory, marjoram, and tarragon, which can typically be a bit harder to find when shopping for gourmet herbs at your local grocery store.
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What is the difference between dried herbs and fresh?
Because dried herbs have been dehydrated, they have a more concentrated flavor, and are more potent than freshly chopped or minced herbs. Dried herbs are ideal for slow-cooking recipes, and for adding great flavor to dishes like stews, roasts, sauces, and soups. Also, woody herbs like rosemary and thyme tend to maintain their full 'fresh' flavor when dried and are good to keep in your pantry or spice cabinet.
What dried herbs mix well together?
Many different cuisines use various blends of dried cooking herbs in recipes, some you can buy or make yourself. Italian Herbs seasoning is a classic dried herb mix that generally contains basil, thyme, oregano, marjoram, and rosemary. Another traditional mix of dried herbs that go well together is our Herbes de Provence spice blend of thyme, summer savory, rosemary, marjoram, basil, lavender, and tarragon.
Do chefs use dried herbs?
Chefs cook with dried herbs to add flavor to nearly every dish, especially sauces, soups and stews. Infusing dried herbs in oil is another way chefs use herbs to add more herby flavor when cooking or added to recipes. Using dried herbs in meat rubs or meat marinades is also common. Most butcher's rubs contain a blend of dried cooking herbs and other spices. You're likely to find dried herbs in almost any kitchen - professional or home.
Are dried herbs still beneficial?
Dried herbs are beneficial in recipes that have longer cooking times or higher temperatures (like soups), as they hold up better than fresh herbs. Culinary herbs that have been dried are also important for creating layers of flavor in sauces, dressings, marinades, and meat rubs. Some of the best dried cooking herbs to keep on hand in your kitchen are bay leaves and oregano.