When Life Gives You Herbs

Extend the flavor of your fresh herbs by making herb oil, butters, syrups and more.
Flavored butters: Chop up herbs like ( chives, parsley, basil, and thyme.) Add salt and pepper into a stick of soften unsalted butter. Add which herb you like to the butter, Wrap the butter well in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Simple syrup: Bring 1 cup water, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup packed herbs to a rolling boil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat, let cool completely, strain, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Use syrup to flavor ice tea, sorbet, and cocktails. Mint is especially versatile, but rosemary and lavender can be more fun to play with.

Herb oil: In a blender, puree 3/4 cup tender herb leaves and stems with olive oil, 2 small cloves garlic, and 1 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice. Brush on bruschetta, drizzle over grilled fish, or add to vinaigrette. The oil will keep, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. I really must say it taste good!

Herb stock: In a medium saucepan, sauté 1 chopped celery stalk, 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped onion, and 2 cloves chopped garlic in about 2 tsp. olive oil until tender. Add 2 cups of herb stem and leaves and 1 quart water. Simmer for 15 minutes, then strain. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months. Use to make risotto, to cook grains for grain salads, or in your favorite vegetable soup.

Dry your Fresh Herbs: Wash herbs carefully with a fine sprayer of water and wipe to remove dirt. Pat dry with paper towel. Tie herbs into small bundles with kitchen string. I would say about 5 to 10 stems is a good anount. Hang bunches in a dry, dark and warm place with good ventilation. I used a paper bag, hang the string from holes I put in the bag inside and left it in the laundry room for 1 to 3 weeks. After that they became easily to crush and I place them in small herbs jars and label them. They will last up to 1 year in your pantry.

My dry herbs
My dry herbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can purchase this at Walmart. This will get you started when you are ready to dry your herbs. It has 4 jars with shaker caps and labels.

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Great recipes from Debbie ! Enjoy!!

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