How to Rehydrate Dried Herbs

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Rehydrating dried herbs is not as hard as it may seem. The main thing to remember is that since the herbs have been dried, the moisture has been removed from them and must be put back. Even though dehydrated herbs have been dried, they have not lost their flavour. With the rehydration process--usually in conjunction with the recipe--the herbs retain their natural flavour.

Immerse the dried herbs in a small bowl of water, with enough water to cover the herbs completely.

Cover the container tightly.

Allow the herbs to stand in the water for 10 minutes to become fully rehydrated. Strain the excess water from the herbs and use in the chosen recipe. This should only be done if water is being used as the rehydrating material.

Combine 3 tbsp of olive oil with 2 tbsp of vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add 1/2 tsp dried garlic, 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.

Allow the mixture to rest in a tightly covered dish for 10 minutes to rehydrate the dried herbs.

Combine 3 tbsp of olive oil with 3 tbsp of lemon juice.

Add 1/2 tsp of dried oregano and 1/2 tsp of dried garlic.

Rehydrate the dried herbs in the mixture in a tightly covered bowl for 10 minutes.

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