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Old Today, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I have discovered the Litehouse brand of freeze dried herbs. There are no other ingredients in the herbs or their blends. They are simply herbs. I think this product is great for winter cooking, when we canít grow our own, or for those who donít grow herbs.

You can search online for their site. They have more types of products than dried herbs, but I have not investigated or tried them.

So far, Iíve tried their freeze dried chives, their Italian herb blend and their salad dressing blend. All have been better than the normal dried tinned bits I normally use.
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Old Today, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I tried the basil a few years ago. The store was out of fresh. I wasn't particularly impressed by the flavor. Maybe it was just the basil. I grow and dry my own, but I was cooking at my son's new apartment far from home.
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Old Today, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I tried the basil a few years ago. The store was out of fresh. I wasn't particularly impressed by the flavor. Maybe it was just the basil. I grow and dry my own, but I was cooking at my son's new apartment far from home.
My store does not sell the basil! I was wanting to try it. I did use the dried Italian herbs in minestrone today, and it was fine. But Iíd up the amount I used next time. The recipe instructions actually called for dried Italian herbs.

I liked the salad dressing herbs in salad dressing, too.

Of course, nothing beats fresh.
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Old Today, 07:11 PM
 
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Is there a different between freeze dried and regular/sun dried? I put some dried bay leaves in a beef stew today. Comes in a little plastic bag. Not sure how it was dried.
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Old Today, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Is there a different between freeze dried and regular/sun dried? I put some dried bay leaves in a beef stew today. Comes in a little plastic bag. Not sure how it was dried.
Yes, freeze dried things are quickly frozen and then "vacuumed" to remove the ice particles thus drying them out.

I would guess that the bay leaves you used today were dried with heat and not sun dried.

I don't sun dry my herbs. I tie up bunches and hang them in a dark, cold closet until they are dried.

For smaller herbs like oregano, I spread them out on paper and just let them dry out.
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