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Help with herbs

I had to bring in a potluck dish to work a little bit ago, and brought in a salad with chickpeas, Niçoise olives, and herbs. (Très yummy. Recipe here)

I bought fresh herbs for the purpose, the kind in the little plastic clamshell that cost $3.99, and now I find myself with an abundance of fresh herbs that I hate to have go to waste (and which I'm unlikely to use up in a timely manner). I've made the salad again, since, but it only uses a teaspoon each of chopped oregano, thyme, and rosemary, to serve six, and you get much more than that for $3.99.

(If I had the ordering of the world, you'd be able to buy fresh herbs by the sprig, priced by the gram. But if I had the ordering of the world, I'd also have a cat that didn't like to chew and uproot plants, and could grow my own.)

Is there any way to preserve them, either macerated in something or frozen, that would keep them for a while longer?

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papilio_luna
Aug. 10th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
You can freeze them! In ziplock bags. I've done that in the past when I've found myself with a preponderance of basil.
kalleah
Aug. 10th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Freezing works well for me. Just be sure to use some actual freezer-safe bags, or everything you have in the freezer will taste herb-y. I don't like oregano scented ice. :)
np_complete
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
I'm crossing my fingers about the bags I used -- they *implied* they were freezer-safe, but they didn't *say* so.
np_complete
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
Good idea! I'll try it.
wickedgillie
Aug. 10th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
You can also dry them, either in the oven or in the microwave...
np_complete
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
I've read that. Do they come out better than purchased dried herbs?
wickedgillie
Aug. 11th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say better or worse, but when you do it yourself, you know the age of the dried product. Some stuff in the store has been in that store for eons. Also, if you can keep from crumbling the herbs until you're ready to use them, they'll be at their peak of flavour.
wiggiemomsi
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Or, nip a bit off the ends of healthy sprigs & put in a small jar with water (like flowers), until roots sprout (change the water occasionally); then plant. I've started mint and other herbs this way.
np_complete
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
If they were a little fresher I'd try that. Thanks!
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