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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Oooo la la! A cooking tip for quick seasoning when frying!

I love to bake and cook.  But there are times that I get overwhelmed with ideas.

I saw a Pinterest pin for "27 ways to make our groceries last as long as possible" (link below).  Great ideas but 27!  Really?  You are talking to a woman with A.D.D. and you are going to keep my attention for 27 ideas?

  Here is the one that caught my eye and I am trying because it is harvest time and in a few weeks my fresh herbs will be gone.

 Preserve your herbs by freezing them in olive oil.

Photo by Trisha Field
Frozen Herbs in Olive Oil
Oh wow! They dynamics of it.  I started with three herbs: garlic, chives and rosemary. Not all together...but that did get me thinking while I held all three in one hand.  (later)  I started by gathering everything I needed -
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garden fresh garlic
  • Garden fresh chives
  • Garden fresh rosemary
  • Ice cube tray
I almost grabbed my standard ice cube tray but then I thought better.  I had never tried this before and I wasn't sure how the tray would wash up after having oil in it.  After all it was a plastic tray.  I collect things.  Unusual things.   I easily found one of my odd ice cube trays.
The biggest benefit of this process is that as the oil freezes, the olive oil infuses with the herbs that you have added to it.  Another benefit is that your oil is measured in a good amount for a frying base. 
Photo by Trisha Field
Garden Fresh Garlic
I chopped my garlic, added the extra virgin olive oil to the tray, then put the garlic in.  Then I went onto the chives and ended with rosemary.  They were going to get their own trays for each one.  But one of the garlic cubes was a little low on oil and I didn't want to pour more and over-pour the tray.  So I added some chives in with the garlic. 
Photo by Trisha Field
Herbs in Olive Oil (to be frozen)
Starting at the top and moving clockwise: 1 garlic, 2 chives, 2 rosemary, 2 garlic, and garlic & chives.
BOOM! POW! KABOOM! My brain starting exploding with ideas.  I could easily MIX any spices together that I wanted to - how cool!  I always say, "explore the possibilities". 
The website recommended that Works best with rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. Dill, basil, and mint should always be used fresh.
Do you see why one of the ideas was enough for me?  It did almost explode a little bit out of control.
WARNING:  Take them out as you plan to use them.  Just the few minutes on the counter to photograph them and they were melting fast!  I had to pry them out of the tray but that could have been the designer tray that I chose.

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