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Dry herbs and activating?

I'm making a meal tomorrow with a recipe I have never used. Saw it on GMA and it looks really yummy. It calls for fresh herbs, but was told I could use dry herbs but I may need to activate the herb? What the heck is that and how do I activate a herb?

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Asked by canelamami at 10:36 AM on Jun. 18, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • Maybe just cooking them a little longer to bring out the flavor.??

    Answer by Momforhealth at 10:42 AM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • yes that is right...the heat will bring out the oils of the herbs..."activate"

    Answer by Momforhealth at 10:44 AM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • If there is anything in the recipe you need to saute, toss the dry herbs in at the end of the cooking time and let them heat up for a min or so. Add the herbs with the veggies.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 10:59 AM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • To activate dried herbs, you can rub them between your palms to release any of the essential oils that might be left.

    Answer by katiemomNY at 12:20 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • ok! thanks!

    Comment by canelamami (original poster) at 4:33 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

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