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5 Quick Tips on Using Seasonings & Herbs

  • If your recipe requires a lengthy cooking or simmering time, add fresh herbs during the last hour, as extended exposure to heat could weaken their delicate flavors.
  • To substitute fresh herbs for dried, the general rule of thumb is to use 3 times as much fresh as dried. Be sure to shred fresh herbs into your dish to release their flavors.
  • When preparing a traditional dish, ¼ a teaspoon of a seasoning usually provides enough flavor for four full servings.
  • The general rule of thumb is to not use more than 3-4 spices and herbs in one dish, unless your recipe calls for it.
  • Black pepper, garlic and onion are some of the most universal seasonings and can be used to enhance almost any Italian dish. For something sweeter, try cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.