Copiana’s vertical farms provide plentiful harvests – in fact, you might find that it’s difficult to use up all of your herbs before they go bad! However, there are plenty of fun things you can do in the kitchen with your extra herbs. You can use these recipes to add the delicious flavors of herbs to your favorite foods, and they will also help you cut back on food waste. Here are some of our favorite ways to use up your Copiana herbs before they go bad.
Transform Your Mayo Into Aioli
If you already use mayonnaise on your sandwiches, you can step things up a notch by making a garlic aioli. An aioli is a light but flavorful sauce that’s perfect to spread on sandwiches or use as a dip. Although aioli has a very sophisticated taste, it takes about five minutes to make and only requires four ingredients: mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, and of course, fresh herbs. Any herbs will work for this recipe, so you can really customize it to suit your preferences.
Infuse Your Olive Oil
Another great way to use up your herbs is to make infused olive oil. This recipe works with many different types of herbs and is an easy way to add extra flavor to your cooking. Infused oils also make an excellent gift for any foodie friends or family members you have in your life.
It’s important to note that infused oils should be consumed in a timely manner and stored properly to avoid safety concerns. It’s safest to store these oils in the refrigerator, and you can also freeze them if you want to use them at a later date.
Make A Compound Butter
Making a compound herb butter is a very simple but effective way to use up any extra herbs you have around the kitchen. This butter is packed full of flavor and is a great addition to virtually any recipe. Even just a small am
ount of this butter can make your fall and winter recipes just a bit more interesting. It’s also incredibly easy to make – all you need to do is mix the ingredients together and then put them in the refrigerator to harden.
Mix Them Into A Goat Cheese
Herbs and cheese are an incredible combination, and it’s very simple to make your own herb-infused cheeses. We think herbs go particularly well with goat cheese, but you can infuse them with almost any type of cheese. For example, if you like to make charcuterie boards at home, this is a great way to spice them up a bit.
Make A Pesto Sauce
You might already have a jar of store-bought pesto sauce sitting in your kitchen, but did you know you can make your own at home? When it comes to pesto, Martha Stewart said it best – “think beyond basil!” Many people focus entirely on basil when making their pesto, but using other herbs gives this sauce more depth and complexity. Making your pesto sauce with a rich mix of herbs is very easy in the food processor. It pairs perfectly with pasta, meat dishes, or even a fried egg for breakfast.
These recipes are all easy, fun, and delicious ways to use up your leftover herbs while they are still fresh. They also make very useful and heartfelt gifts, especially for people in your life that love to cook. Taking steps to minimize food waste is an effortless but powerful way to care for our planet.