Smart seasoning with herbs

When making substitutions (using herbs in cooking) let the strength of the herb guide you. Here's how to season smartly. For especially fragrant dried herbs, use about a third of the amount of fresh herbs called for in the recipe. FO extra-mild dried herbs, add a little more. Don't know if the dried herb is fragrant or mild? As a general rule, if a recipe calls for a fresh herb to be added at the beginning of the cooking process, it is probably stronger when dried; if it's called for at the end of the process, it is probably mild when dried. The best way to judge an herb's strength is by taste. If your dried oregano has almost no flavor, neither will the sauce, so use a bit more. You can wake up the flavor of dried herbs by toasting them in a pan for a minute or two.

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