Many recipes will call for a bunch of sage but with different stores carrying different sizes of sage bunches it can be hard to know how much to actually use. Many people grow their own sage as well so their "bunch" will be whatever they decide on.
In order to figure out how much is a bunch of sage we looked at several grocery stores to see what their usual sage bunch size was. We determined that on average, a grocery store bunch of sage is about an ounce. That much sage comes to about 68 sprigs of sage in the bunch.
So for our tests we used a 1 ounce bunch of sage to determine how many "sage bunches" you need to get a specific amount of chopped sage leaves. We discovered that you would need to obtain 2 bunches of sage to make a cup of chopped sage herbs for your recipe. If you are buying from the grocery store you can check the weight on the scale there and if you are growing your own sage you can just use a kitchen scale to measure it. We recommend the one we use at home and enjoy: Oxo Good Grips Food Scale.
Did you know that Sage, like numerous other herbs, is a member of the mint family of plants? It originally came from the Mediterranean region but now readily grows in the U.S. as well. Sage has been used as a flavoring agent for over 2000 years and revered for its medicinal uses for centuries.
You can now use the converter below to determine how many 1 ounce bunches of sage you need to get the correct amount of chopped sage leaves.
Fresh sage is far less bitter than dried sage; it is not particularly palatable fresh so add it sooner in the cooking process rather than near the end as with most fresh herbs.
Since sage is a woodier herb, you can either store it with the paper towel method or the jar method.
Paper towel method: wrap fresh sage in a slightly damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag large enough not to crush the leaves. Place the bagged sage in the refrigerator; it will keep fresh for about 2 weeks.
Jar method: partially fill a jar or a water glass with water; place the stem ends of the unwashed sage into the water in the container. Store the jar of sage in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a plastic bag. Change the water after several days if the water starts to discolor. Fresh sage will last up to 2 weeks or longer when stored this way.
To freeze: remove the leaves and discard the sage stems. Fill every ice cube cavity of an ice cube tray with the sage leaves, then completely top off with water. Place in the freezer for 2 days; remove the sage cubes and transfer them into a freezer Ziploc bag. Store the Ziploc bag in the freezer for 2 months and use as needed.
More than 900 varieties of sage exist but the finest quality is said to be Dalmatian sage, imported from the former Yugoslavia's Dalmatia region, now Croatia. This grayish-green leafed herb is a member of the mint family.
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