Dry basil stands out among all cooking spices and herbs. Use it to spice up your family's favorite recipes. Dried basil leaves can be used to add flavor and color to so many recipes including soups, stews, casseroles, pasta dishes ... just about any recipe you can think of.
Whether you dry your own or purchase some from the cooking herbs and spices section of your local grocery store, you want to make sure what you are using is fresh. The best way to do this is to mark the date on the jar and dispose of it after 6 months.
Unlike fresh herbs, which should be added to most dishes at the end of the cooking process, dried herbs can be added in the beginning to really permeate the entire dish with flavor. To release the essential oils and get the most flavor, crush the dried leaves in the palm of hand or in a mortar and pestle just before adding to your dish.
|A good rule of thumb when substituting dried basil for fresh is that 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh basil leaves is equal to 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil leaves.|
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