Many of us have started drying herbs from our garden in preparation for the first freeze. If you have been using recipes that call for fresh herbs all summer, most of the time, you can use dried herbs instead. Here is a simple guideline for substituting dried herbs for fresh herbs in recipes.
Follow this simple formula: Use one third as much dried herbs as you would fresh herbs. If a recipe calls for 3 teaspoons fresh oregano, substitute 1 teaspoon of dried oregano. It may seem counter-intuitive, but dried herbs are stronger than fresh herbs.
1 teaspoon dried herbs equals 3 teaspoons (or 1 tablespoon) of fresh herbs.
And the substitution works in reverse! If you have recipes that call for dried herbs, but you want to use fresh herbs from your garden, then use 3 times as much fresh herbs as the recipe calls for in dried herbs.