Garlic to Garlic Powder: Equivalent Herbs and Spices to Their Real Food Counterpart

Cooking can be a lot of fun. One of the things I love about it is the distinct lack of science it has compared to its sibling, baking. I’m not great with things like exact measurements. Cooking offers tasty results from a process that is much more free form and forgiving. That doesn’t mean we’re off the hook.

If you spend enough time in the kitchen, eventually you are going to run into the problem of converting measurements. Some of this comes fairly naturally – we do it in our daily lives often enough. One area that can be particularly tricky is measuring herbs and spices. They can be bought fresh, dried, minced, or frozen. Knowing how much to use in a recipe can be a challenge.

Converting herb and spice measurements doesn’t need to be a pain. Learning a few basics will have you maneuvering recipes with ease. Here are some of the most common conversions.

Garlic

A large clove of garlic is equal to 1 ½ teaspoons of minced garlic, or ½ teaspoon of garlic powder.

A smaller clove of garlic measures out to ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, and 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder. But can you really ever have too much garlic?

Ginger

Ginger is a pretty easy one to convert: ½ teaspoon of fresh grated ginger is equal to a ½ teaspoon of dried ginger.

Onions

In the middle of cooking and realize you’re out of onions? Don’t worry.

One medium onion is roughly equivalent to a teaspoon of onion powder. This may vary a bit depending on the type of onion.

Oregano

#herb #oregano #wildzaatar

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No pizza is complete without this spice. One tablespoon of fresh oregano (about a large pinch) can be swapped out for one teaspoon of dried.

And if you’re making pizza and only have fresh oregano, you’re in for a real treat.

Rosemary

Rosemary is one of my favorite spices. It is also very, very strong: 1 sprig of rosemary is roughly a tablespoon.

When using dried rosemary, you need much less than you would use of fresh rosemary. A ½ teaspoon is all you need for every tablespoon of fresh.

Parsley

#parsley #homegrowing #herbgarden #backyardgardening

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Parsley is a staple herb, and fresh parsley is really tasty. About 3 sprigs of fresh parsley is equal to 2 teaspoons of minced, which is equal to 1 teaspoon

Bay Leaf

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Bay leaf makes pasta sauce something special. One fresh leaf is the same as two dried leaves.

Basil

#albahaca#basil#basilico#pomodoro#pesto

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Basil is a staple of summer eating. It’s also one of the best smelling herbs, and really easy to grow at home.

Should you find yourself out of fresh basil, it’s easy to substitute. Five leaves of the stuff from the garden can be replaced with a teaspoon of dried basil.

Thyme

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When converting thyme, remember that six sprigs of the fresh variety can be swapped for ¾-teaspoon of dried thyme.

Dill

Dill is another herb that I don’t think it’s possible to have too much of. It makes everything it touches so much better.

But if you need to measure it, one teaspoon of dried dill is the same as one tablespoon of fresh chopped dill.

Sage

Sage is hard to forget because its leaves are just slightly fuzzy.

Seven of them are equal to a teaspoon of the dried, less fuzzy, sage.

Cilantro

Cilantro is not for everyone. If you enjoy cooking with it, one medium sprig of fresh cilantro is equal to a teaspoon of dried cilantro.

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