Fresh Herb & Olive Oil ‘HERB-BOMBS’

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve had more than my fair share of difficulty in the veggie garden this year, the torrential rain has made growing veggies all but impossible – then the heat & grasshoppers got their turn at decimating our veggie garden.  (Yes thank you, I’ll take some cheese with my whine, and I’ll have it on the verandah if you please… 😉 )  But there has been a ray of sunshine in my gardening endeavors this year – my edible landscape!  I’ve had some herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage and basil survive the weather and the grasshoppers.  Now given the fact that I won’t be harvesting & enjoying anything from my veggie garden soon, I’m sure having a blast experimenting with ways to fully use these aromatic herbs.  I’d heard before about making ‘Flavor Bombs’ from various herbs and olive oil, so I figured I’d give it a try.  Turns out I really like them!  UPDATE – Even though this post states that I didn’t invent this procedure but read about it somewhere in the past, I’ve been told I’m not allowed to call ’em Flavor Bombs for copyright reasons.  So I guess from now on I’ll call them… Herb Bombs!

'HERB BOMBS' made from minced herbs and olive oil makes it easy to have your own convenient flavoring right in your own freezer! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

Here’s what I did:  Early in the morning when the dew had just dried from the herbs I went outside to my front porch and gathered some stems – a few sprigs of rosemary, a small fistful of thyme, a stem of basil and a small stem of sage.  I brought them inside, washed them and got to chopping.

'HERB BOMBS' made from minced herbs and olive oil makes it easy to have your own convenient flavoring right in your own freezer! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I minced everything as small as I could and I pulled out two cloves of garlic and minced them as well.  I could have just pressed them with the garlic press but I figured that minced would offer the perfect texture I was looking for.  Then I mixed all my minced herbs and garlic into a bowl and poured some extra virgin olive oil on top, stirring to mix everything together completely.

'HERB BOMBS' made from minced herbs and olive oil makes it easy to have your own convenient flavoring right in your own freezer! #TaylorMadeHomestead

(deep breath)  Oh my goodness that smells divine and my mind is racing with all the things I might be able to flavor with it.  My first thought is to use these Herb Bombs to flavor my brown rice since I typically saute the rice for just a few minutes in oil to intensify the rice flavor, or to light saute fresh garden veggies, but I’m sure there are many things these convenient flavored cubes would be great for!

'HERB BOMBS' made from minced herbs and olive oil makes it easy to have your own convenient flavoring right in your own freezer! #TaylorMadeHomestead

After I get everything mixed together I pulled out my ice cube tray.  Those flimsy things you buy at the dollar store have always frustrated me so I have these heavy duty  *ice cube trays with covers.  Turns out they work PERFECTLY for this!   I drop about a tablespoon of my herb mixture into each ice cube section and the amount of herbs I minced made 8 cubes.  Then it was time to get these babies in the freezer.

HERB BOMBS made from minced herbs and olive oil makes it easy to have your own convenient flavoring right in your own freezer! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now even though I have a heavy-duty covered ice cube tray, these herbs are certainly aromatic and I don’t want to take the chance that they will flavor other items in our freezer such as ice cream and such, so after I snapped the lid on the tray I then slipped a repurposed bread bag over the whole shebangie and used a twist tie to close it up securely.  Now all that’s left to do is wait for them to freeze.

When they were frozen solidly I brought them out and used a small spoon to gently pry the Herb-Bombs from the ice cube trays and they came out easily.  Since the olive oil begins melting even with just the warmth of my skin I quickly placed the Flavor Bombs in a small zippered bag and put it in my freezer.

The beauty of these Herb-Bombs is that you can adjust them to suit your taste.  Want crushed red pepper in them?  Add it!  Want parsley in them?  Add it!  Whatever herbs you enjoy cooking with can be used with these Herb-Bombs.  And since they’re ready & waiting right there in your own freezer, you have a healthy yet convenient flavor-aid right at your fingertips!

Here’s how I made my Flavor Bombs:

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Fresh Herb & Olive Oil Herb-Bombs

- makes about 8

Fresh herbs minced and frozen with olive oil in ice cube trays can be a quick flavor boost for rice or sauteed veggies.  See my tutorial for these easy-to-make HERB BOMBS!

Author Taylor-Made Homestead

Ingredients

Minced Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Sage, minced
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme, minced
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, minced

Instructions

  1. Mince all herbs and mix together in a bowl. Mince or press 2 cloves of garlic and add to the bowl with the herbs. Pour enough olive oil to thoroughly coat and gently stir to incorporate all ingredients. Drop approximately 1 Tablespoon into each ice cube tray compartment. Press herbs down to compact contents and add a little additional olive oil if needed to cover herbs.

  2. Cover ice cube tray securely to keep aromas from flavoring other items in the freezer and place tray in freezer until completely frozen. When thoroughly frozen remove from ice trays by gently prying with a small spoon if necessary and quickly place Flavored Herb Bombs in a labeled freezer container for future use.

Recipe Notes

To use, place a herb bomb in a bowl on the counter top until thawed and then stir into food to flavor. To use to flavor rice, drop herb-bomb in pan and use melting oil & herbs to saute brown rice for about 3-4 minutes, then cook & serve rice as usual. To use to flavor simmering soups or broth, drop frozen herb-bomb directly into simmering recipes to flavor as the broth cooks.

~TMH~

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30 thoughts on “Fresh Herb & Olive Oil ‘HERB-BOMBS’

    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Those little containers are just not large enough when you grow your own and need to store larger quantities. The empty coffee canisters are great for storing dried herbs, Helene! ~TMH~

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  1. Mary-the boondocks blog

    I can smell them all the way here! Absolutely delicious and absolutely a great idea to save your herbs. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Inspiration. I am pinning and sharing.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I just made another batch for the freezer Mary. I usually use olive oil / minced garlic as a base, then add whatever minced herbs I want. This time I added fresh basil, thyme, sage & rosemary. What a powerful flavor punch! ~TMH~

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  2. Karen Leggett

    These are AWESOME! How about a link to BPA free ice cube trays on Amazon?! I’ll order them off your site!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Wow Karen, that would be awesome – YOU ROCK! I’ve updated the link in my post to this BPA-Free version –> http://amzn.to/29LYvS3 Another option might be these BPA-Free silicone trays. Although I had no trouble removing my Herb Bombs from my ice trays, it just seems like it would be easier to pop them out using silicone, whaddya think? These come in 2-pack –> http://amzn.to/29QMZFN Thanks girl for your support, it means more than you know! (MUAH!) ~TMH~

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  3. Amila @ Food Corner

    This is a great idea and I always find my herbs get spoiled in few days.I think by freezing like this,I can save the herbs for future weeks.I want to try this…

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      OMGosh Amila, last night I used my last two Herb bombs with spiral-cut zucchini noodles and it was absolutely delicious, used what was going in the garden and cooked up in record time! The herb bombs sauteed the garlic, purple onions, orange bell pepper and thin summer squash coins, then I tossed in the ‘zoodles’ for just 1 minute and served topped with fresh chopped tomatoes. A healthy delight straight from the garden and so quick to cook! Today I’ll be making a new supply of herb bombs for sure! ~TMH~

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  5. JES

    This is an excellent idea! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. I will be making some indeed! 🙂

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  6. Giovannina Bellino

    That is so decent of you. I can’t thank you enough except to say that great minds think alike. As an avid gardener, I’ve been making Flavor Bombs for years, blogged about it years ago and now brought the concept to the marketplace. BTW, I was just in the great state of Texas, got to the fair and was at a convention meeting with buyers to get the product out West. Many thanks, going to sign up for your newsletters. Gio

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Girl, I totally understand! I’m working on changing everything in any post I’ve mentioned it in, both the titles and blog post text but also SEO stuff, etc. Glad you got to see Big Tex at the fair!! 🙂

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  7. Giovannina Bellino

    I am sorry to tell you that you can no longer use the name FLAVOR BOMBS. I have the trademark, the website and the product nationwide in stores so you are infringing on the name. Please use another term to describe your ice cube tray method. (By the way, that is how I developed the product, years in the making so I hope you can respect and appreciate the hard work and determination I have put in to make this a product now available in stores. Please confirm receipt of this comment. Thank you. Gio Bellino

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  8. lisa M

    These look amazing! I do this with fresh basil every year but never thought to put several herbs together. Great idea! Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope to see you back this week! Lisa

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      The combination of herbs really does make a difference LisaM, especially if you’re liberal with the garlic. Love these! ~TMR~

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  9. Elaine

    What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I love having you! Hope to see you again on Thursday! Pinned!

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  10. Hil

    Stopping in from Nifty Thrifty Sundays – What a great idea! My fresh herbs always go to waste so this is a fun way to use them up.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Me too Hil – I always dehydrated my herbs and although it worked fine that way, I really, REALLY love these FlavorBombs! ~TMR~

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  12. Roxy

    Hello, I have seen this before, but today it really hit home and I am going to make some for in my freezer for those long winter months! So sorry about your garden, we have had some years just like that ;o( Blessings, Roxy

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      OMGosh Deborah, I’m hooked! I made some yesterday with coconut oil instead of olive oil. They seemed to be more temperature stable for transferring to bags for future use but I really want to try them in my cooking to see how they compare. ~TMR~

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  13. Latane Barton

    Oh my gosh, I must try this. I can smell that wonderful aroma all the way through my computer screen!!

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