Saturday, January 25, 2014

Herb Oils

I love making pico-de-gallo at home, cilantro, onions, jalapeno and tomatoes. In our wet months, the cilantro will cost me an arm and a leg at the supermarket, so I worked out a simple solution.

I got around this great expense by making cilantro oil during the summer months and freezing it in baggies.  I defrost the baggy for the time it takes me to cut up some tomatoes and onions, and voila, the addition of that cilantro oil does wonder to my make-shift winter pico-de-gallo.

Come spring, cilantro, and other herbs, in addition to green onions, even cherry tomatoes will have their patio space and my problems are solved. A patio or deck provides  wonderful ambient for growing difficult plants. You can move them against the house at opportune times of the day for more shelter; or, you can cover them with plastics at night and provide each pot with a particular shelter.

The more you harvest, btw, the more the plant grows. You are fed on demand this way!
I'm looking forward to these opportunities. 


  1. That sounds like a good idea, I sometimes need summer herbs in winter and buy them in pots to keep on my windowsill, but they grow too leggy too quickly! Freezing them might be a better way, thanks for the idea :) (I have a new blog by the way :)

  2. How timely! Read an article earlier about freezing herbs / garlic in oil .. The danger associated with leaving garlic in oil .. at room temps! Just minced garlic for burgers on the grill this evening. Happy weekend, Rosaria.

  3. Have you tried freezing the fresh for later use?

  4. Good idea. I'm going to try this in the summer when we have fresh cilantro. Last year I made salsa and canned it, but the spouse really likes fresh pico de gallo better. He just finished building our raised beds and two new compost bins. He's ready to start gardening. Too bad it's still darn cold here!

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