Herb Oil

When it comes to reducing food waste, preserving food is a great skill to learn. So here is a little recipe to preserve herbs and enjoy their fresh taste even out of season. A great way to taste the summer even on a cold winter day.


  • Fresh herbs
  • Light or neutral cooking oil eg. Rapsolja, solrosolja, virgin olive oil
  • Sterilised glass jar/bottle (you’ll probably need at least two of these)
  • Fine sieve or strainer


  1. Sterilise glass jar/bottles by boiling in water for 10 minutes, allow them to thoroughly dry.
  2. Thoroughly clean the herbs.
  3. Bash the herbs about a bit with a rolling pin to allow the oils to release.
  4. Add herbs to you jars/bottle. The more you add the stronger it’ll be, a sprig or two should do it!
  5. Heat oil over a low until just warm.
  6. Carefully pour the oil into the jars/bottles, if you have a funnel use it!  Allow to cool.
  7. After a few hours pour the oil into another bottle/jar or sterilised bowl through a fine sieve or coffee filter. Discard the herbs and pour the oil into a sterilised jar/bottle.
  8. All done! Store in the fridge for maximum longevity, this should be about two months add a use by date to remind yourself!

Going the extra mile!

  • Try combining several herbs together for more complex flavours!
  • Add some chilis to spice things up!
  • Throw in some citrus peel for a fresher acidic flavour!

Recipe idea by Jonathan Elliott
Photos by Laura Lang

Published by bruisedfoodclubuppsala

Non-profit organisation that saves food, reduces food waste and hunger and promotes sustainable food consumption.

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