Every time you go to the market you buy cilantro, parsley, basil... by the bunch. And then use one tablespoon in a recipe, a handful in a soup and you're left with wilting greens. Well no more! Here are a few clever ways to use up those leftover herbs and make your life more delicious.
Make a simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water and add a handful of herbs (mint will work perfectly here). Boil the mixture in a pot over high heat, once it boils and the sugar dissolves, remove from the heat and let cool. Once the mixture has cooled remove the herbs and use your simple syrup for lemonade, iced tea, or cocktails.
If you have leftover chives finely chop them and add it into your homemade (even store bought) salad dressing. It will round out the flavors of the acid or vinegar in the dressing.
Infused Olive Oil
Infused oils at the market can be costly—save your dollars on a nice cut of meat. Instead buy a regular bottle of olive oil (not extra virgin) and infuse herbs into it! Just blend your herbs in a food processor, add it to your olive oil in a pot over low heat until warm, then strain through a sieve. Put your infused oil into the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy. You can drizzle the oil over salad, use as a base for marinades, and much more.
Combine your leftover herbs with sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic for a homemade dry rub. Use this on a whole roasted chicken or add it to wings and throw it on the outdoor grill if the weather permits. You can also use this dry rub for other proteins such as steak and fish.
DIY Dried Herbs
Making your own dried herbs is way easier than you think. Take the rest of your leftover herbs, tie them with twine or a rubber band, and hang them upside down in a cool room with great circulation. This process will take a few days and once they are fully dry you can leave them whole and put it in an air tight container or crumble them and store in a small jar.
One of the best ways to use up your leftover herbs is by making a large container of pesto. You can use your leftover basil, cilantro, dill, or tarragon; along with your choice of nuts and olive oil and you’re all set. Add your pesto to chicken, sandwiches, and more!