Creative Ways to Use Fresh Herbs
I’m sad to report that my garden tomato plants aren’t doing so hot this year. I think all the rain we’ve had is the culprit. While I’m extremely sad about the state of tomatoes in the bell’alimento household, the silver lining is my fresh herbs are going CRAZY. I have more fresh herbs than I can use. I’ve been garnishing ALL the things and I’ve made more bouquet garni’s than I can shake a rosemary sprig at. I’m thinking if I have this problem (if you can call it that) then maybe YOU do too! Because sharing is caring, I’ve put together a few of my favorite things to do with all those herbs. HERB CUBES
Go ahead and put that ice cube tray to good use. You will thank yourself in a few months for making these NOW. These herb cubes will come in handy over the cold long hard winter that will be here before we know it. Herb cubes are great to use for sauteing, dropping into soups, starting sauces. The uses are a plenty, trust me.
Pesto is a given when the basil is o plenty. Pesto is great for spreading on sandwiches, swirling it in PASTA, or just eating it with a spoon if you’re me. You can also FREEZE pesto in cubes for later. Put that ice cube tray to even more good use.
HERB COMPOUND BUTTER
I like to slather compound butter on ALL the things. Bread, meats, vegetables. It’s a really good thing.
ROSEMARY INFUSED OLIVE OIL
Infused olive oils are pricey at most markets. Guess what? They’re ridiculously easy to make yourself and they make great gifts as well. I like to have several different varieties of infused oils on hand.
LEMON HERB MARINADE
This marinade just screams summer. It’s great with fish and chicken.
HOMEMADE ITALIAN SEASONING MIX
Drying your fresh herbs is a simple process. This DIY Italian seasoning mix is great in sauces, as a seasoning for meats, and especially when made in a dipping sauce for bread (because warm bread and dipping sauce YES).
DIY CUCUMBER MINT SUGAR SCRUB
Because we all like to have nice skin yeah? This is a quick and easy scrub to whip up (you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen). It also makes a great gift. We all know your givers so keep on giving.