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    Eight basil leaves equals how much dried?

    Does anyone have an idea of how much dried basil I'd use as the equivalent for 8 fresh basil leaves? Would it be about a teaspoon?

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    If you chop up the fresh basil leaves, how much do you get?
    Recipes I've seen that indicate a choice, say that 2 tsps. of dried herb = 1 tblsp. fresh herb. Hope that helps.

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    Actually, I think the common conversion is 1 part dried to 3 parts fresh. Eight basil leaves is probably about 1/4 cup, which is 12 teaspoons. So 4 teaspoons (1 tbsp + 1 tsp) would be close to the dried equivalent. You may start with less to be safe and add more as needed.

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    I always use the 1 part dried to 3 parts fresh conversion, but basil is massively out of season here, so I didn't have any to work out exactly how much 8 leaves would equal.

    I needed to know for a class I'm teaching tonight, so I'll tell them 2-4 teaspoons, and see what they come up with.

    Thanks!

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