Everything's better with fresh herbs

Fresh herbs make all the difference between an okay meal and a great meal, adding both flavor and eye-appeal to anything they touch. But many of our favorite fresh herbs don't grow all year long, so you'll pay a lot more when you buy them out of season. Here are four easy ways to preserve the flavor of fresh herbs while they're in season so you can save money and enjoy them all year.

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4 Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Herbs

1. Make herb oil

Blanch and shock herbs and pat dry. Combine with a mild-tasting vegetable oil in a blender and blend until finely chopped. Strain through a cheesecloth and store in the fridge. You can use herb oil as a drizzle over soups, salads, pastas, breads, etc.

2. Make pesto

Combine herbs, nuts or seeds, and oil in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Basil is the most commonly used herb to make pesto, but any leafy herb can be made into pesto.

3. Make simple syrup

Combine herbs, sugar, and water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat, let it cool completely, and strain out the herbs. Store in the fridge and use to flavor ice tea, cocktails, and desserts.

4. Freeze in oil

Fill ice cube trays with whole or minced herbs and oil, and freeze the cubes. Use them in recipes that call for oil and herbs.