Three Ways To Preserve Your Fresh Herbs
Posted on September 01 2022
It has happened to the best of us: business or pleasure takes you away for a few days and when you return home, you find that your fresh herbs have withered and are no longer usable With this in mind, you may be looking for some ways you can preserve fresh herbs and prolong their lifespan. We share with you some great ideas in this article!
Make Them into A Rub for Cooking
Have ever purchased a spiced or herbal rub in shops? If so, did you know that you can try your hand at making your own? To do that, all you need to do is fry your choice of spices in a pan, pummel them into small pieces, and add the herbs you wish to preserve. Here, you can also add any condiments to taste, such as salt, garlic flakes, and more.
Whether you intend to use the rub for meat or to add to other types of food while cooking, they can be stored for a few months in an airtight metal jar!
Freeze Your Herbs
What do you do with fresh food that you are unable to consume in time? That’s right: the first course of action that comes to mind is probably to freeze them. Did you know that you can do the same with your fresh herbs? Keep in mind that you may not be able to do this with every type of herb; however, soft and leafy herbs such as mint will work well despite being frozen.
To freeze your herbs, simply chop them up into smaller pieces and add each piece to your ice tray. Next, top up with water and freeze. Once frozen, you will have a whole tray of herbal ice cubes: simply pop them out of the tray and store them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. The next time you wish to use your herbs, you can simply add your ice cubes to your drink for a refreshing taste!
Make Your Own Herb-Infused Oils
Another great way to preserve your herbs is to make your own herb-infused oils. All you need is a botanical infuser and you can do it all from the comfort of home! The best part is that this can save you some money as herb-infused oils can be expensive to purchase outside. All you will need are your herbs and a carrier oil of your choice. Some of the most popular carrier oils include jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and more. It all comes down to your personal preference.
You will also need to have some airtight containers ready to store your oils in. Herb-infused oil can be used in a wide variety of recipes, including iced teas, soups, cookies, s’mores, potatoes, and more. As a bonus, once you have successfully produced your oils, storing them in a cool, dark place for a few weeks will allow the flavors to develop and become stronger!