Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fresh & Local: herbs

We are lucky enough to have Coca Farms, a certified organic farm that grows the most amazing selection of fresh herbs. You can now buy fresh sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, chives, marjoram, basil, Thai basil cilantro and dill all grown locally on Maui.

If you want to replace fresh herbs with the dried herbs in a recipe, use three times as much that is called for. Also, people often make the mistake of adding fresh herbs too early in the cooking process, with evaporates all the the essential oils. Try adding your fresh herbs 1-3 minutes before the cooking in complete.

The exception to this would be fresh Bay leaf, which is best added early on for the best flavor in your soup or stew.

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