Thyme is one of those herbs that has become ubiquitous in our kitchens.
From chicken dishes to soups, stews, and even desserts, thyme is everywhere.
While its flavor is delicious, it also contains thymol, a compound that can cause digestive problems.
How can you tell if your food is too heavily spiced with thyme?
Thyme is a member of the mint family and is native to Europe and Asia.
It grows well in Mediterranean climates and thrives in hot, dry conditions.
The leaves contain essential oils that give them their characteristic aroma and flavor.
Thyme is often added to foods because of its distinctive flavor.
Unfortunately, it can also be toxic to some people.
If you suspect that your food is too heavily seasoned with thyme, try adding less or eliminating it altogether
How to counteract too much thyme in a recipe?
If you are using too much thyme in your recipes, try adding other herbs such as rosemary, oregano, basil, parsley, sage, tarragon, marjoram, bay leaves, cilantro, dill, chives, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, curry powder, paprika, saffron, turmeric, black pepper, white pepper, chili flakes, crushed red pepper, hot sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar, salt, sugar, honey, molasses, mustard, soy sauce, miso, tamari, nutritional yeast, agave nectar, maple syrup, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, hazelnut butter, sunflower seed butter, sesame seed butter, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, hempseeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flaxseeds, chiaseeds, poppy seeds, flaeseeds, hempseeds, sesame seeds, poppies, flaxseeds and chia seeds.
Dilute the dish
Thyme is a herb that is used in many dishes. It adds flavor to soups, stews, sauces, and other dishes. To physically remove the thyme from the dish, simply dilute it. Diluting the dish will allow you to easily wash off any herbs that remain stuck to the surface of the dish. To dilute the dish, place the dish into a bowl of cold water. This will help to cool down the dish and stop the cooking process. Once cooled, drain the dish and rinse it thoroughly under running water. Repeat this step until no trace of the herb remains.
Add umami flavors
Umami is a Japanese word meaning “deliciousness”. Umami is a taste sensation that is associated with savory ingredients such as meat, cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Adding these ingredients to your recipes will give your dishes a rich, delicious flavor. To add umami to your recipes, try adding soy sauce, miso, anchovies, Parmesan cheese, and/or dried mushrooms.
Garlic is another ingredient that adds a great deal of umami to your recipes. Garlic is a member of the lily family and it contains sulfur compounds called thiosulfinates. These compounds help to stimulate the appetite and enhance the sense of smell. It also helps to improve digestion and boost immunity.
Add something sour
Sour ingredients such as lemon juice, vinegar, and yogurt can give dishes a tangy flavor. Sour ingredients are usually added toward the end of cooking because they tend to break down quickly.
Add root vegetables
Root vegetables like carrots, turnips, parsnips, radishes, rutabaga, celery root, and sweet potatoes are great additions to soups, stews, casseroles, and other dishes. They are inexpensive, easy to store, and versatile. Root vegetables can be cooked whole or cut into pieces. Cooking times vary depending on the vegetable. For instance, carrots take about 20 minutes to become tender while parsnips take 40 minutes.
Sweetness comes from sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave nectar, and corn syrup. Sweetness adds flavor and texture to baked goods, desserts, sauces, gravies, marinades, salad dressings, dips, spreads, and condiments. It also helps reduce bitterness and enhance the natural flavors of fruits and vegetables.