Farm to Table Herbs + Spices

Herb Oils

ingredients
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1 cup soft-leaved green herbs
either basil, chervil, chives, cilantro, or mint, or a combination, lightly packed
1/2 cup olive oil
clean, neutral taste
Herb oils are great for adding flavor and color to dishes. Use as a garnish over dense soups so that the oil remains on top to create an elegantly plated dish. Use soft herbs, as they work best, and vary the type of oil used for alternative flavors and applications.
1
Purée herbs in a blender with olive oil.
2
Strain purée immediately through a fine-mesh strainer. Strain again through 4 layers of cheesecloth and put in a glass container.
3
Use to garnish dishes and store in the refrigerator (it will need to sit out at room temperature before using because the oil will solidify).
source: From Michael Chiarello, "Flavored Oils and Vinegars"
notes
Yield: 1/3 cup

no common allergens