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Store fresh Thyme wrapped in a dampened paper towel in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, or stand sprigs in a glass filled with 1 inch of water on the refrigerator shelf.
When cooking with fresh Thyme, you should strip the leaves from the stems because sometimes they can be woody and tough to chew, but for storage, keep the leaves on the stems to maintain freshness.
Thyme pairs well with everything from chicken and beef to fish and vegetables, so add a few springs or chopped leaves to any of your favorite dishes for a fresh herbal flavor.
Fresh Thyme can also be added to sweet treats like cookies, biscuits, and waffles. Try adding 2 Tbsp chopped Thyme to your favorite store-bought waffle mix and serve the crispy warm waffles with salt bacon and sweet maple syrup for a new twist on breakfast.
There are over one hundred varieties of thyme, with the most common being English (Garden) Thyme and Lemon Thyme, all of which are members of the mint family (12)
While thyme has been known for its antiseptic properties, recent studies indicate that certain varieties of thyme may also help strengthen the immune system (3)