How To Use Marjoram Essential Oil
How to Use Marjoram
Marjoram and oregano are closely related botanically but cooks know the flavor of Sweet Marjoram,Origanum majorana, is different from that of oregano. Marjoram was once used as a meat preservative and even today the taste of marjoram blends well with meats of many types. It is also good with eggs, cheese and mushroom dishes and some hearty vegetables. Here are some tips and ideas on using marjoram.
Use Fresh Marjoram
Choose your Marjoram.For best results, choose young, tender, growing stems of marjoram with small leaves.
Snip off the stems with scissors.
Clean the marjoram.Wash the marjoram under cold, clean, running water.
Separate the leaves and stems.Remove the leaves from the stems with your fingers. Discard the stems.
Chop the leaves.Chop the leaves with a sharp knife.
Add marjoram to your cooking.For best taste, you should add fresh marjoram to your dish near the end of cooking.
Store any excess Marjoram.Store fresh marjoram in a glass of water in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Change the water each day.
Use Dried Marjoram
Purchasefreshmarjoram.Just because it's dry doesn't mean it can't go bad! Be sure to check the expiration date on dried marjoram you purchase.
Add dried marjoram to your cooking.Unlike fresh, you should add dried marjoram at the beginning of the recipe unless explicitly directed otherwise.
- Use less dried marjoram than fresh, as the flavor is stronger.
Store any excess Marjoram.Store dried marjoram in a tightly closed container in a cool, dark place. Use home dried marjoram within one year.
Ideas for Using Marjoram
Make a rub for your roast chicken.Use 1/4 teaspoon each of dried marjoram, sage, rosemary, thyme and pepper combined with 1/2 cup coarse sea salt.
Season beef stew.Add 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh marjoram near the end of the cooking time.
Add flavor to cooked and sautéed vegetables.Combine 1 teaspoon of diced fresh marjoram with 3 tablespoons of melted butter. This is also delicious when used to baste steak.
Make a marinade for beef/pork strips or stir fry.Combine 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce and 1 cup of beef broth.
Spice up bean salad.Add 1 teaspoon diced fresh marjoram.
Add flavor to sausage.Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram to any sausage recipe.
QuestionCan I use it in red sauce?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMarjoram is often included as an ingredient in Italian seasoning, so using it is fine if you plan on using your own seasoning blend to make a red pasta sauce.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is a substitute for marjoram?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOregano is a good choice, since it is related to marjoram.Thanks!
QuestionCan marjoram be used in salads?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is your preference.Thanks!
Can we make Marjoram tea and what are the benefits?
- You can root cuttings of marjoram in late summer and grow it in a pot indoors on a sunny windowsill.
- Sweet marjoram is easy to start from seeds each year in the garden. While considered a perennial it rarely survives the winter in most places.
- Sweet marjoram can be used as a milder substitute for oregano in most recipes.
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