Dried herbs are a must for any quick cooking. They add great flavor and are inexpensive and are long lasting. Whether you dry your own herbs or buy them from the store use the following tips to get the best flavor:
Most herbs begin to lose their flavor after 6 months. I believe that this is a fact of Mother Nature. It is not a coincidence that in autumn we dry our herbs and they last throughout the winter and spring until a new batch of herbs can be planted and harvested!
If you are using store bought dried herbs watch the expiration date. If the herbs do not have an aroma they will no longer be strong enough to cook with.
Long slow cooking times can diminish the flavor of dried herbs. So if you are using a crock-pot add the dried herbs at the very end of the cooking process.