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Mar 30, 2011 09:48 PM

Dried Thyme

I am having trouble with using dried thyme. I cant seem to impart strong flavor. Do you think thyme should be added at the end or beginning of cooking? Or other ideas?

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  1. How old is your thyme? It might just be time to replace it.

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    1. re: katecm

      I recently bought it. Do you have any advice for good dried thyme brands. I tried mccormick it did not make any difference. Thanks for the reply.

      1. re: leiden

        Even if you just bought it, it might have been on the shelf or in storage for a while at the store. But you could also consider using ground thyme - I don't care for it, because I find that even a tiny amount is very strong, but it might be what you're looking for.

    2. I find dried thyme extremely strong flavored and usually use less than a recipe calls for, if I use it at all. I agree with katecm, your thyme might be old.

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      1. My experience...Thyme added at the beginning of long cooking recipes loses it punch....Try adding toward the end of cooking ~~ Then it may be old.


        1. Normal rule is for dried herbs at the beginning of cooking, fresh at the end.

          1. Another vote for buying a new jar of dried thyme. It's usually quite strong, regardless of when you add it.