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Herb oil Based Concentrate
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Combine the leaves and oil in a food processor, and chop until they form a paste. Freeze the paste until it is needed for a recipe. Ice cube trays provide an ideal sized cube of concentrate, but they're messy to clean afterwards. Once the cubes have frozen, transfer them to a zip-lock bag for storage. I've also used muffin tins for the initial freezing, but these produce cubes a little too large for my purposes. Another method for freezing and storage is to put the concentrate into small plastic containers. Notes: The oil coats everything, and helps protect the herbs from freezer burn. If you're making pesto this year, buy a few extra pounds of basil and try this. This process produces a concentrate that can be used in place of fresh herbs in many recipes.
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