Whether you’re thinking entirely about health or about flavor, you can’t rule out fresh herbs. They add a lot of flavor to the food we love and they offer a wide-range of proven medicinal benefits. But if you are growing your own, you are always going to have abundance of a chives, basil, rosemary and thyme.
One of the best ways to use this extra produce to ensure you have herbs to spice up your food all around the year. You can freeze them and use them whenever you want. It’s that easy. However, there is a problem with this method. The frozen herbs don’t produce the kind of flavor fresh herbs do. To overcome this problem, you have to preserve fresh herbs in olive oil before the first frost. Doing this will let you enjoy the same rich flavor throughout the year.
The Finest Ingredients
Whether using fresh oregano or any other herbs, the olive oil you choose to preserve them in is just as important as the herbs themselves. When preserving herbs you will want to choose the finest extra virgin olive oil (I purchase my olive oil from Ampersand Oil & Vinegar Tap House) and pick your herbs at their peak (before flowering or seeding). You will also need ice trays, either plastic or silicone.
Directions for Preserving Fresh Herbs
Finely chop your herbs, one variety at a time. Place a small amount of herbs (about a tablespoon) into each ice-cube section. Pour the extra virgin olive oil over the herbs and fill about 3/4 full. Repeat this with every herb you desire to preserve. Place the trays into the freezer for about 3 hours. Once the olive oil has solidified, remove the cubes, place in a Ziploc bag and label. Place them back in the freezer for future use in your dishes.
I decided to preserve my basil leaves in pesto cubes. This will be perfect over gluten-free pasta or better yet. Whatever you choose to put them in, they will substitute perfect for dishes that call for olive oil and fresh herbs.
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