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Aug 31, 2013 08:26 AM

Substitute for fresh thyme or should I use dried?

I'm making Molly Stevens Braised celery which calls for fresh or dried thyme. I'm out of fresh thyme but have sage, tarragon, oregano and rosemary. Should I substitute or just go with the dried? TIA.

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  1. Just go with dried thyme but adjust the amount, dried herbs are usually more potent than fresh.

    1. Are you also out of fresh dried thyme? Use it if you have it--dried thyme is pretty decent stuff.

      Couldn't hurt to use one of the fresh herbs as well or instead, I bet, so long as you understand their qualities--sparing use of sage and rosemary, for example, as they can be overpowering; and for my own taste, I just don't like tarragon, although in fact it might be as close or closer to thyme in aromatic character as the other herbs you name.

      1. Go with the dried thyme. With braised celery, you might find it's even better than the fresh.

        1. I would go with the dried thyme as well. If you want, you can add a little fresh tarragon as well.

          Whatever you do, never, never, NEVER mix tarragon and oregano. Don't do it. EVER. Its absolutely, positively, one of the most, if not the most *VILE* herb combination possible.

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          1. re: ePressureCooker

            I hereby SWEAR that I will NEVER mix tarragon! EVER. Somebody told me it's the "most *VILE* herb combination possible."

            1. re: c oliver

              tarragon combines well with many other herbs very well, I particularly like chives and parsley with it in hash; but it doesn't do well with rosemary, sage or oregano, oregano being the worst of the bunch in combination. ;D

              1. re: c oliver

                Indeed, the only thing worse than oregano mixed with tarragon is tarragon straight up. Don't go there!

                1. re: Bada Bing

                  I assumed that was a typographical error, and wasn't going to point out the omission.

                  1. re: ePressureCooker

                    Didn't notice til now. Should stick with copy/paste :)

                    1. re: ePressureCooker

                      I also didn't notice the typo, seriously. I was just jokingly referring to my aversion for tarragon as such. But, everyone's got their tastes. On a separate thread about ingredients that we don't like for hard-to-specify reasons, I listed tarragon and hazelnut. Don't like 'em, and don't know why.

              2. Sounds like the Recipe says that you can use either.
                "calls for fresh or dried thyme" Dry Thyme is fine.