Creating Your Own Herbal Blends
We’re posting this first simple Herbs de Provence recipe with measurements both in teaspoons or Tablespoon quantities as well as in “parts” ratios.
We’re growing our own herbs and enjoy using them both fresh straight from the garden, and also drying them to keep. If you’re growing culinary herbs too, we recommend cooking with the fresh Herbs de Provence blend, and then dehydrating your harvests for preserving the herbs in a dry herbal blend.
Why Cook in Culinary Ratios?
We typically make a large batch of seasoning mixtures when we’re making them, especially if it’s something we use often. However, by listing this recipe in parts, you can choose whether your “part” will be one teaspoon, 1 tablespoon, 3 tablespoons or 1/4 cup. How much you make will depend on how much of this French herb blend you plan to use and keep on hand at the ready.
CULINARY RATIOS: If your 1 part ratio is 1 Tablespoon your 1/3 part ratio would be 1 teaspoon.
Simple Herbs de Provence Recipe
We favor this super simple herbs de Provence recipe of just the 5 most common herbs used in French cuisine. It’s easy to make and memorize to recreate whenever you need more.
Using herbs you probably already have on hand, you can make more or less of this. Depending on how much you’ll be using this for French and Mediterranean foods and salad dressings, etc., you can easily make a smaller or larger batch.
For a small amount, you can reuse an existing spice jar. We often purchase a favorite brand of Herbs de Provence, and then once it runs out, use it to refill it with our own blends.
You can also buy empty spice jars and create your own “look”. If you cook a lot and want to make larger batches, you can get 8 oz and larger spice jars and your “part” measurements can be 3 Tbsp. each or 1/4 cup.
5 Recipes Using Herbs de Provence
- Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup
- Healthy Chicken Salad Pita Pockets
- Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables
- Oven Baked Chicken Wings
- Scrambled Egg Quesadilla
We favor this super simple herbs de Provence recipe of just 5 of the most common herbs used in French cuisine. It's easy to make and memorize to recreate whenever you need more.
If you're growing herbs, then make it using fresh herbs for the very best flavor.
Fresh Herbs to Dried Herbs Ratio is 2 to 1
When using fresh herbs, you'll need double the amount of dried.
While the fresh have a more potent flavor, dried herbs are a more concentrated quantity and flavor because the water content is removed but the flavor remains concentrated and undiluted. It's the same way a raisin is more intensely sweet and flavor packed as compared to a grape.
Add all ingredients directly to your spice jar, leaving room to gently shake the spice jar to blend.
Alternately, you can mix it all in a bowl, preferably one like this mixing bowl measuring cup with pour spout. The bowl makes it easier to stir to blend the herbs thoroughly, and the spout makes it easier to pour into your spice jar.
We use a mixing bowl measuring cup with pour spout like this by OXO.
You may enjoy this article toward understanding why culinary ratios may be helpful for your budding chef self.