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Q What’s the best way to store dried herbs?
Michael Bowden, Rosebud, Vic
A Although fresh herbs are a huge part of the way food tastes and looks, most fresh herbs (especially the leafy varieties) are at their peak during the warmer months. The quality drops and they become expensive during the cooler months. Dried herbs are a more budget-friendly, year-round option. Even if you use a lot of fresh herbs, it’s a good idea to always have a few varieties of dried herbs, such as parsley, oregano and thyme, on hand. Dried herbs add great flavours to bread doughs and also liven up casseroles and simmers. But unlike fresh herbs, remember to always add at the beginning of cooking, so the flavour is slowly released during the cooking process. Look for dried herbs sold in airtight containers. If purchased in plastic packaging, it’s a good idea to transfer them to an airtight container for storing. Keep in a cool, dark place, but not near the oven or stovetop! Dried herbs, just like spices, are affected by heat, resulting in a much shorter shelf life.
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