Remember, when making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results. Some substitutions for spices may alter slightly the taste of the finished product. These substitute recommendations are meant to save you a trip to the store during your cooking process. Some alternatives may not be appropriate for your recipe.
Dried vs Fresh HerbsAnother substitution you may be forced to make when cooking is dried spices when a recipe calls for fresh. Dried spices are much more potent than the fresh so you will need about 1/3 less dried spice than fresh (or 3 times more if substituting fresh for dried). Plus, you will want to add the dried spice earlier in the cooking process than you would the fresh (which is usually added at the end of cooking). For more information, see our dried vs fresh page.
To find out how long spices last, check our spice page.
A note regarding Substitutions...
Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.