Despite summer being already almost forgotten and the temperatures dropping way too close to zero, my herb garden still manages to survive somehow. I have two pots of fresh basil on my windowsill (but sadly, no fresh tomatoes to eat with it anymore), a rosemary and oregano on my balcony, and sage and thyme in our greenhouse. But with all the frostiness in the air, I don't think they'll survive much longer. That's why I've been pondering ways to preserve their wonderful taste and perfume for cold winter months. Apart from drying them in the food dehydrator, this infused olive oil seems like the perfect solution. I use olive oil almost daily and this is just the right way to give my seasoning a little twist.
It's very easy to make: you only need a hermetical bottle (I bought mine here) 1/2l olive oil and various fresh herbs. Wash the herbs, let them dry on a paper towel (they should be completely dried) and put them in a clean bottle. Heat the oil in a pot (it should be warm, but not boiling) and pour it into the bottle. Close tightly and let sit in a cold, dark place for a week or two. Now you can enjoy this delicious oil in your salads, vinaigrette, marinades or as a table condiment.
What is your favorite way to preserve summer flavors for winter?