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Herbs in a Tube - Don't Even Bother

Herbs in a Tube - Don't Even Bother

Let me give you some friendly advice. When you're cooking with a recipe that calls for fresh oregano and you go to the store and all they have is oregano in a tube, just forget it. Skip the oregano.

I was at the store looking for the fresh herb for my grandma's famous lasagna and I found Gourmet Garden's tubes next to the space my oregano should have been. They were all out of the fresh stuff, so I thought I'd give the tube a try, thinking it must be better than using the dried herbs. I was sorely mistaken.

I should have known the moment I squeezed it out - yup SQUEEZED. There's something seriously wrong with that statement - nothing fresh about it. Yeah, maybe it tasted the same, but the texture was pretty much disgusting, and not at all like the real deal.

The ingredients listed on the back of the tube make me think that this is a product better suited for long sea voyages rather than my gram's famous lasagna.

See for yourself though. Look for these tubes in the produce section. They have 10 herbs and spices including Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Garlic, Lemon Grass, Ginger, and Parsley.

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vjosie vjosie 8 years
Mmmm... I always have the garlic, ginger, and the dill handy. Squeeze the dill into low-fat Greek yogurt. Add a packet of sweetener. Cube some cucumber and pile those in. Mix it together and it is the yummiest summer treat! They didn't have any in the store yesterday, so I had ot use fresh dill and it actually tastes better with the Gourmet Gardens stuff. It's like the fresh dill was just not as strong in flavor and it's dry in texture.
lindalikesyou lindalikesyou 10 years
Wow, does this look appetizing or what? Just reading the headline herb-in-a-tube sent off warning bells in my mind :]
baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 years
I'm with YumSugar on this one- it depends what herb and for what use. I buy the garlic because who cares if it's squishy? Also rosemary if I can't find any fresh because I hate those dried sticks. And for roots like ginger or lemongrass they are good in small amounts. BaltimoreGal
pink_orchid pink_orchid 10 years
hahahahaha ive done that too!!! they tricked me with the " ooh i can store this for longer"
susanec susanec 10 years
I've used the ginger and it works well, but probably wouldn't try the herbs.
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
i used tubed basil for different things and it really worked well and taasted great.... maybe it was a different brand :?
CrunchyCon CrunchyCon 10 years
In Canada, there's something called Top-its - they're frozen cubes of fresh herbs, garlic, ginger and so on. I wouldn't necessarily use them in something like a vinaigrette, where the flavour is unaffected by heat or storage, but in soups, baked dishes and casseroles, they're honestly interchangeable with the fresh stuff. I find, especially for the less common herbs like parsley or thyme, that I can only find them in large and expensive bunches, and I hate having 4/5 of it go bad. This is also a good solution to this problem.
Food Food 10 years
Actually I'd like to disagree, they're great in a pinch for things like soups, stews and rubs. However some are better than others. Don't even bother with the basil, it doesn't hold up well at all (just like dried basil, you might as well be putting twigs in your meal). And I've tried the cilantro, but didn't like it because I never have the need for cilantro paste (which is essentially what you're buying). However, I've used the ginger and lemongrass before and have been pleasantly surprised by the results. If you can't find the real stuff (and lemongrass is sometimes really hard to find), the flavor is definitely better than nothing at all. It is a little gooey, and they're saltier than regular herbs, so adjust your recipe a tad. Overall, I wouldn't dismiss these products entirely, I think it will depend on which herb you buy and what you're using it for.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Yes, I agree. I'd use dry herbs if I couldn't find fresh ones. But just don't use these herbs in a tube.
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
Thanks for the warning! Dried herbs are great if you can't get the fresh ones. It is rather difficult to grow herbs indoors (well, unless you get an Aero Garden--which, admittedly works well and was probably the best bday present my bf ever gave me), but if you have any sunny yard space, or a sunny patio or fire escape, they're quite easy to grow outdoors in the late spring through the early fall.
Marci Marci 10 years
I've wondered about these but never got around to trying them. Thanks for the warning!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
That's grose!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
blogsap blogsap 10 years
I tried this too! I bought "parsley" for meatballs. The consistency is weird and it did nothing for the food.
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