Instead of rushing out to the grocery store in a tizzy only to find wilted, old herbs for Turkey Day, try planting these fresh herbs to have on hand for your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
Fresh herbs are a staple for classic Thanksgiving recipes. Sure you can pay a premium for small plastic pouches of herbs at the supermarket, but you'll pay significantly more and if you don't pick them up early, you'll likely have only old, wilted options to choose from.
Consider planting a few herbs that you can have on hand for the rest of the peak entertaining season this year. Some of these can be planted outdoors in warmer climates with mild winters, but if you live in a cooler region, consider growing the herbs indoors if you have a sunny kitchen window or sunroom.
Most herbs make excellent indoor container gardens and are easy to care for. Just make sure they get 4-6 hours of direct sunlight and don't put them too close to heaters which may cause wilting. Potted plants typically need more water than those grown in the ground so make sure to monitor the plants so they don't get too dried out.
Classic Thanksgiving herbs to plant:
Substituting dried herbs for fresh:
If a recipe calls for dried herbs, but you prefer to use fresh ones, simply triple the amount of fresh herbs to use. According to Kitchen Savvy, "The general rule of thumb is that one part of a dried herb has about the same strength as three times that amount of the fresh." This is approximate so you may want to start with a smaller amount and add more if needed to taste.
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