Every year I fuss over my herbs, feeding, pruning and generally loving them up until they’re gorgeous and full, then I sigh when the first unexpected frost takes them all away. I mentally kick myself for not preserving all that aromatic bounty when I had the chance.
Well, not this year! Did you know that herbs can be preserved in olive oil? And it’s EASY? It’s like having fresh herbs all winter long! I started with my gorgeous basil plant because it’s the herb I cook with most.
Place the fresh herbs into ice cube trays. I place as much herb in each cube as I’d typically use in a dish. You can always add multiple cubes, so no need to be exact. Cover the fresh herbs with olive oil and place in the freezer until the herb/oil becomes an aromatic little ice cube.
Now you are ready to take out your frozen cubes and place into a freezer bag or food saver bag. Put back into the freezer and use cube by cube – whenever a little boost of flavor is called for. Next up? Rosemary – another personal favorite. Mmmmmmmm.