Friday, November 30, 2007

Emergency Spice and Herb Substitutions

I need these, because I often start a recipe and then realize I don't have all the necessary spices. Instead of leaving a spice out, use this list.

When a recipe call for fresh herbs and you only have dried, here's the trick: 1 Tablespoon fresh herbs is equal to 1 teaspoon dried herbs.

Allspice: Cinnamon, Cassia, or 1/2 amount of nutmeg or mace

Aniseed: Fennel Seed

Basil: Oregano or Thyme

Cardamom: Ginger

Chervil: Tarragon or Parsley

Chili Powder: 1/3 amount equal parts Hot Pepper Sauce, Oregano, and Cumin

Chive: Green Onion, Onion, or Leek

Cilantro: Parsley

Cinnamon: 1/4 amount Nutmeg or Allspice

Cloves: Allspice, Cinnamon, or Nutmeg

Cumin: Chili powder

Ginger: Allspice, Cinnamon, Mace, or Nutmeg

Italian Seasoning: Equal blend of Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, and Ground Red Pepper

Mace: Allspice, Cinnamon, Ginger, or Nutmeg

Marjoram: Basil, Thyme, or Savory

Mint: Basil, Marjoram, or Rosemary

Nutmeg: Cinnamon, Ginger, or Mace

Oregano: Thyme or Basil

Parsley: Chervil or Cilantro

Poultry Seasoning: 1/2 part Sage and 1/2 part equal blend of Thyme, Marjoram, Savory, Black Pepper, and Rosemary

Red Pepper: 1/4 amount of Hot Pepper Sauce

Rosemary: Thyme, Tarragon, or Savory

Saffron: 1/4 amount of Turmeric

Sage: Poultry Seasoning, Savory, Marjoram, or Rosemary

Savory: Thyme, Marjoram, or Sage

Tarragon: Chervil, or 1/2 amount Fennel Seed

Thyme: Basil, Marjoram, Oregano, or Savory

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