Creative Ways to Use Leftover Herbs in Your Cooking

Creative Ways to Use Leftover Herbs in Your Cooking

Have you ever found yourself with leftover herbs from a recipe and wondered what to do with them? Instead of letting them go to waste, try using them in creative ways to enhance the flavor of your dishes. Here are some ideas for using leftover herbs:

1. Herb-infused oils

Making herb-infused oils is simple and can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes. Fill a jar with your herb of choice (rosemary, thyme, or basil), add olive oil, and let it sit for a week or until the flavor is infused in the oil. Use your new infused oil in place of regular oil to add depth of flavor to your cooking.

2. Herb butter

Another delicious way to use leftover herbs is to make herbed butter. Soften unsalted butter and mix in finely chopped herbs such as chives, parsley, or tarragon. Roll it into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge or freezer. Use on top of grilled meats, veggies, bread, or potatoes.

3. Herb salt

Herb salts are a great way to add a quick burst of flavor to any dish. Simply mix together salt and your favorite herb (sage, thyme, or rosemary) in a 1:1 ratio. Store it in a jar and sprinkle over roasted vegetables, meats, or add it to your favorite dish for a bright herby touch.

4. Herbal tea

Many herbs make delicious tea. Try making tea with leftover fresh mint or lemon balm. Steep your herbs in hot water and add honey for a sweet and refreshing drink.

5. Freeze herbs

Freezing leftover herbs is a great way to prolong their freshness and use them later. Simply chop your herbs, place them in an ice cube tray, and fill with water. Freeze and later, add the herb cubes to soups or stews for an easy flavor boost.

6. Herb pesto

Pesto isn't only meant for basil. You can use any herb for making pesto to use as a marinade, sauce, or dip. Mix the herbs with garlic, parmesan cheese, pine nuts (or any nuts), olive oil, and blend to the desired thickness. For veggies or meat, it's an excellent spread or dip.

7. Herb compound butter

Adding a flavoured butter to any dish is an easy way to improve the taste. All you need is to mix softened butter with leftover herbs and other seasonings (like black pepper, garlic, or lemon zest). Roll it into a log, wrap it in a plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Use it for cooking fish, veggies, or on top of bread.

Try these ideas to use leftover herbs, and take your cooking to a new level by discovering innovative ways to infuse your meals with unique flavors.