Fresh Herb Recipes and Tips

PRESERVE YOUR HERBS

How do you keep the fresh herb flavor for a long time? Try these tips to keep the taste of summer all year long.

HERB OIL: Herbs in oil can stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 weeks because the oil covers the herbs and prevents them from spoiling. Use herb oil as a starting point to make a vinaigrette or pesto, or just add on meat, vegetables, or pasta for a burst of herb flavor.

To make herb oil (any herb, or a combination you like), roughly chop 1 cup of the herb. Place in food processor or blender and add 1/2 cup olive oil. Pulse to combine

PESTO and SALSA VERDEAs with making herb oil, putting your herbs in an oil-based sauce helps them stay fresh for longer.

FREEZE OIL/SAUCE FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE: Herb oils, pesto, and salsa verde keep very well in the freezer. You can make a large batch, then freeze in ice cube trays or in a thin, flat layer in a plastic freezer bag. That way, you can defrost only the amount you need by taking a few cubes or breaking off a piece from your thin layer.

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