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Sage Cooking Tips - How to cook with sage

Sage helps digest fatty foods


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Sage Cooking Tips and Usage

• Sage can easily overpower a dish. Use with a light hand when experimenting.

• Sage works especially well with fatty meats such as pork, sausage, goose, and lamb, because it aids in the digestion. Sage is also very good in stuffings, beans, potatoes, risotto, cheeses, and tomato sauces.

• Complementary flavorings include onion, garlic, thyme, oregano, parsley, bay leaf, and rosemary.

• If you must, you may substitute thyme or poultry seasoning (which contains some sage) for sage. Secondary options include marjoram, rosemary, and savory.

• Thread sage leaves in between meats and vegetables for shish kebabs.

• Cooking mellows sage, so for fullest flavor, add it at the end of the cooking process.

• Fresh sage has a milder flavor than dried.

• 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped sage = 1 teaspoon dried

• 1/2 ounce fresh leaves = 1/2 cup leaves

• 10 thin fresh sage leaves = 3/4 teaspoon dried sage

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