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Thyme is a minty, lemony herb that is used in sweet and savory dishes. Thyme is available as a fresh herb and as a dried spice. You can combine it with spices to make a dry rub for meat, or work it into butter for an herb-infused spread. Other options include making a dried herb packet from thyme to season soups and stews and seasoning stuffing with thyme.

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Using Thyme in a Recipe

  1. Understand the conversion for fresh thyme to dried thyme.If a recipe calls for fresh thyme and you only have dried, or vice versa, don’t worry. You can substitute either kind of thyme for the other quite simply. Six fresh thyme sprigs are equivalent to 3/4 teaspoon (3.75 g) of dried thyme.
  2. Read your recipe to determine how to prepare the fresh thyme.If your recipe calls for thyme sprigs, your washed thyme is ready to use. If the recipe calls for thyme leaves, run your pinched fingers down the stem to strip the leaves, while holding one end in the opposite hand.
    • If the recipe calls for chopped fresh thyme, place the leafy stems on a clean cutting board and chop them into bits with a sharp knife. Remove and discard any large, woody pieces of stem.
  3. Put fresh thyme cuttings in a glass of water to preserve them.Cut the stems on the diagonal, then slip the thyme ends into a water glass, as you would flowers in a vase, until you are ready to use it. Place the glass in the refrigerator and change the water every other day. Thyme can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
    • Alternatively, you can wrap fresh thyme in a damp paper towel and store it in the refrigerator.
  4. Select a dark glass bottle of dried thyme.Herbs and spices stored in glass or metal are better preserved than those stored in plastic. However, a glass bottle won’t affect the flavor of the herb, while plastic and metal can. A dark glass bottle is better than a clear glass bottle, which doesn’t protect the herbs from sunlight as well.
  5. Store dried thyme away from heat, moisture, and sunlight.Keep thyme in a cool, dark area such as in a corner cabinet in your kitchen. Though many people store herbs and spices in the cabinet above their stove, this isn’t ideal. They also shouldn’t sit out on the counter, or be stored in the fridge. Moisture, temperature changes, and direct sunlight can all shorten the lifespan of dried herbs.

Using Thyme in a Dry Rub

  1. Make a lemon, thyme, and pepper rub.In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon (15 g) of finely grated lemon zest, 1 tablespoon (15 g) of dried thyme, 2 teaspoons (10 g) of salt, and 1 tablespoon (15 g) of pepper. Before cooking your meat, press the dry rub into the meat, such as steak or pork chops, to add flavor.
  2. Create a thyme and rosemary rub.Combine ⅓ cup (42.5 g) of salt, 1/4 cup (32 g) of dried rosemary, 2 tablespoons (30 g) of dried oregano, 2 tablespoons (30 g) of dried thyme, 2 tablespoons (30 g) of dried garlic flakes, 2 tablespoons (30 g) of cracked black pepper, and 1 tablespoon (15 g) of dried sage in a bowl. Sprinkle the rub over chicken or ribs and lightly press it into the meat before cooking.
  3. Add some heat with a spicy thyme rub.De-stem 2 dried chiles de árbol and pulse them in a spice or coffee grinder until they are finely ground. Put the ground chiles in a small bowl and add 4 teaspoons (20 g) of coarse sea salt. Spread 4 teaspoons (20 g) of finely grated lemon zest on a piece of parchment paper and microwave it for 1 minute. Then:
    • Add 4 teaspoons (20 g) of fresh thyme leaves to the parchment paper and microwave until the lemon and thyme are both dry, about 90 seconds.
    • Let the lemon and thyme cool, then lightly crush them together. Add the lemon and thyme to the salt and chiles and mix it thoroughly.
    • Use the mixture as a dry rub for roasts or chicken.

Creating Thyme Butter

  1. Soften the butter and chop the thyme.Remove ½ cup (1 stick) of butter from the refrigerator about 2 hours before beginning this recipe to give it time to soften. Strip the leaves from several sprigs of thyme. Chop them finely until you have about ¼ cup (32 g) of thyme.
    • If you can’t wait 2 hours, microwave the butter in 15-second increments until it is soft enough to work with.
  2. Mix thyme, salt, and pepper into the butter.Put the softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon (5 g) of coarse sea salt and 1 teaspoon (5 g) of freshly-ground black pepper. Add the chopped thyme and use a spatula or spoon to thoroughly mix the butter until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  3. Cover and store the thyme butter in the fridge.Tightly cover the bowl or transfer the thyme butter to an airtight container. Place it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Alternatively, you can freeze it for up to three months.
  4. Serve thyme butter with your favorite dishes.Slather thyme butter over freshly-baked bread, add a pat of it to a hot steak, slip it into a steaming baked potato, or use it to butter corn on the cob. The possibilities are endless!

Using Thyme Creatively

  1. Stuff chicken with fresh thyme.Place 3 to 4 whole sprigs of thyme and rosemary inside whole chickens that will be roasted or broiled. Remove sprigs and discard them after chicken is cooked.
  2. Create a bouquet garni with dried thyme.Combine 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) of dried thyme and 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) each of marjoram, rosemary, and sage along with a bay leaf in a small square of cheesecloth. Tie the corners of the cheesecloth with a bit of string to make an herb packet.
    • Float this packet in homemade chicken soup or beef stew or add it to a pork roast as it cooks for an added infusion of flavor.
  3. Spread thyme-infused cream cheese on crackers.Mix together 1 teaspoon (5 g) of fresh thyme leaves (or ⅓ teaspoon (1.67 g) dried thyme), 1 teaspoon (5 g) of finely minced chives, 1/8 teaspoon (0.625 g) of white pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt (0.625 g). Blend the seasonings into 3 oz. of softened cream cheese with a food processor.
    • Serve the spread with toast triangles or crackers.
  4. Season your stuffing with thyme.Combine 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) each of dried thyme, rosemary, marjoram, and sage. Add 1/8 teaspoon (0.625 g) of salt, 1/8 teaspoon (0.625 g) of black pepper, 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of melted butter or margarine with 1 cup (237 mL) of chicken broth. Chop 2 celery stalks and 1 small yellow cooking onion into small pieces. Combine the celery and onions with 6 cups (768 g) of croutons or dried bread broken into pieces.
    • Pour the butter, broth, and spice mix over the bread and vegetables. Toss the mixture with a spoon until all the pieces of bread are coated.
    • Use the coated bread to stuff a turkey or chicken before roasting.

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    Can I mix thyme with water to drink with turmeric?
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    Yes. You can.
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    Can I use ground thyme since I don't have fresh thyme?
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    Yes, you can, although you may want to add slightly less thyme because dried thyme is more concentrated.
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    Can I use thyme on my steak?
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    If you like the flavor of thyme with your steak, then go ahead and use it.
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    How do I fix a soup with too much thyme?
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    Peel a large potato and place in the pot of soup. Cook on low heat for about 30 minutes, remove the potato and discard.
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    Do thyme and cumin complement each other?
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    They can, but it really depends on the individual dish.
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    Can you use thyme in fish dishes?
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    Sure. If you like the flavor of thyme, you can add it to any dish you want. Try making a lemon and thyme sauce for fish.
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If you're unsure how to use thyme, make a thyme and lemon dry rub by combining dried thyme, grated lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Press the dry rub into your meat, then cook it as normal. Alternatively, incorporate thyme into your cooking by mixing softened butter, thyme, salt, and pepper in a bowl to create thyme butter. If your recipe calls for fresh thyme but you only have dry thyme, convert the amount you need by using the formula 3/4 of a teaspoon of dried thyme for 6 fresh thyme sprigs.

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  • Many ornamental varieties of thyme exist and some of them are not as good for cooking as true culinary thyme. When you want to grow thyme to use in cooking, choose either a lemon thyme (thymus x citriodorus) or common thyme (thymus vulgaris).
  • Dried thyme should be used within one to three years for the best flavor and potency.
  • If you grow thyme, you can simply use a pair of shears to snip off the desired number of stems directly from the plant.





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