How Do I Use Whole Sprigs of Herbs?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: When cooking with something like thyme, which often has multiple stems attached to one another, does a recipe calling for 2 sprigs of thyme refer to 2 individual stems, or does sprigs refer to the multiple attached stems that you pull out of the bundle? Thanks!

Sent by Tessa

Editor: This can be something of a judgement call. If the individual stems are very full of leaves, then I usually use one stem. If the stems are more sparse, I use the whole sprig with its attached stems. If some of the joined sprigs are very small and I like the flavor of the herb, I often toss them in regardless!

Readers, how do you cook with whole sprigs of herbs?