Herb Garden Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Summer Garden Herbs Are Here. Now What?

Storing Fresh Herbs

Herbs have been abundant this summer and I’ve enjoyed using them in my kitchen.  I’m producing more herbs than I can possibly use, so I’m looking at other ways to use them store for later use.

Herb Garden

 

Sure I could make pesto and freeze it in baby food jars, and that’s a great option.  I could also give fresh herbs away to friends.

But here’s what I decided to do this year.

Just about every soup, saute or sauce begins with the combination of  butter, olive oil and garlic.  With some herbs adding fresh flavor to the mix, I would have a head start in the kitchen by making Herb Ice Cubes.

By mixing fresh chopped fresh herbs with melted butter, olive oil and garlic and freezing in ice cube trays, cooking over the Fall and Winter will still taste like Spring.

 

 

Store Fresh Herbs Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

 

During a recent cooking demonstration in front of a live audience, I began my instructions for a saute and paused, “this is normally when I tell you to heat some olive oil, butter and garlic in a saute pan”.  Noelle, my producer, looked a little puzzled as I went on, “but let me show you my ice cubes full of these staples with some added basil, parsley and chives.”  The audience loved it.

It’s simple to do.  For a printable recipe for storing fresh herbs, visit Herb Ice Cubes Recipe.  Or, you can follow my photo tutorial below.

 

Fresh Parley Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Fresh Parsley

Fresh Basil Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Fresh Basil

Fresh Chives Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Fresh Chives. You don’t need all three- any combination or just one herb will do.

Fresh Herbs Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Chop

Fresh Herbs Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

melt butter

Fresh Herbs Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

add garlic

Fresh Herbs Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

add olive oil

Fresh Herbs Storage Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

pour into ice cube tray

Fresh Herbs Storage Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

place in freezer

Fresh Herbs Storage Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

use cubes for sautes, soups or sauces; 1 cube – 1 tablespoon

 

Check out a simple recipe for using Herb Ice Cubes, in Summer Herb Potatoes:

Herb Potatoes by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Summer Herb Sauteed Potatoes

 

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  1. Summer Herb Potatoes | Toni Spilsbury - May 21, 2012

    […] Ingredientsbaby potatoes (like fingerling)- 2 lbs, sliced in half lengthwise use items below, or Herb Ice Cubes olive oil- 4 tablespoons butter- 3 tablespoons garlic- 2 cloves, minced fresh garden herbs like […]

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