Hi Urbangrainers,

Your fridge is probably one of the most used piece of equipment in the kitchen. You use to preserve fruits, vegetables, cheese, ice cream (erm!). How about if you use some of it more creatively?

Presenting: how to preserve the taste and aroma of herbs, much more if they are gathered in the wild, as the ones Urbangrains’ harvest for all of us :-)

So… without further delay, here is a the most efficient way to preserve the herbs … in olive oil!

Having preserved them in olive oil, it is a great way to have those wonderful herbs available when you want them (and especially in winter time) for nearly any meal – roasts, soups, potatoes, stews, you name it.

It is also a perfect way to accurately measure the quantity of the oil you add to your food (sometimes you add more, sometimes less), so your food will taste perfectly.  At the same time, you minimise wastage, so you do not waste money! All you have to do is take a cube of frozen oil with Urbangrains’ herbs and use it immediately. No messy things!

Group shot olive oil and herbs - Urbangrains

Ingredients:

Urbangrains Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Urbangrains Organic Oregano (gathered seasonally, in the wild)

Urbangrains Organic Thyme (same)

Urbangrains Organic Rosemary

Ice cube tray

Preparation:

In well cleaned ice cube tray, add the herbs to each cell. Tip: you can try combinations of herbs, like combine thyme with rosemary as I did, but you need to remember which cell has it :-)

Add herbs in tray - Urbangrains

 

 

 

 

 

 

fill the icecube with herbs - Urbangrains

 

Next, fill the ice cube cells with Urbangrains’ extra virgin olive oil

Fill the icecube tray- Urbanrgains

I admit I wasn’t very careful, so if this happens to you simply wipe it with a clean paper towel.

This is how your ice cube tray should look like:

icecube filled with herbs and olive oil - Urbangrains

 

Here are how the end result looks like; you will notice that it does not look like olive oil any more? That’s because it is a fat (a vegetable fat, that is) so when fat freezes it doesn’t stay clear, but becomes “creamy” and cloudy. As soon as my ice cubes hit the surface it started melting.

olive oil cubes with herbs - Urbangrains

 

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