Retain the herby punch everyday!
The first question we usually think about herbs is how to use them fresh. But the thing is, you can’t always keep them fresh. Sometimes, you have to find ways to preserve them. Below are some useful tips from a farmer himself not only to keep your herbs staying for a long time, but to keep them enjoyable for everybody who loves herbs as well. Check them out:
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1. Dry the herbs.
Dried herbs do not go bad (unless they are exposed to moisture, then they can get moldy). Drying herbs is quick and requires very little prepping: pick, wash and dry. This method works for all herbs.
2. Mix herb with salt.
Another way to preserve herbs is to chop them up and mix them with salt. Herb salts make perfect seasoning for a multitude of dishes and you can customize them to your tastes.
3. Preserve herb in oil and vinegar.
This method makes a delicious oil or vinegar ready for cooking or salad dressing.
4. Make herb paste.
This is the same method in which you would make a pesto, but without adding nuts, garlic or cheese. This is one of the best ways to preserve herb and retain its garden fresh taste.
Herbs like basil, chives and parsley lose a lot of their vibrancy when dried. By preserving them in a paste, you can retain much of their herby punch. Here’s a bonus to those who kept scrolling! A step-by-step recipe on making herb paste:
You will need:
- Fresh Herbs (any herb can be used for making a paste)
- Oil (preferrably olive oil)
- Food Processor
- Freezable Containers or ice cube trays
- Add the washed fresh herbs to your food processor. Pulse the food processor until the herbs are finely chopped.
- With processor running, drizzle some olive oil until a smooth paste forms. Scrape down the sides and repeat if needed.
- Scrape the paste into a freezable container or a glass jar with a wide opening. At this point, you can store in the fridge and it will last up to 2 weeks. For longer storage, pop it in the freezer.
When you are ready to use the frozen herb paste, scrape off what you need with a metal spoon. If it’s too hard, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can freeze the herb paste in ice cube trays. Once frozen, pop out the herb paste cubes and store in a plastic zip bag. Share this to anyone and let us know about your herb preservation experience!
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