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Four Fresh Herb Hacks for Thanksgiving Prep

Square Roots | 11.19.19

A stress-free Thanksgiving, surrounded by friends, good music, and great food, is always possible with planning and a little creativity. Whether you’re a host or a guest, pre-game prepping can ease the cooking pressure while bringing a range of complementary flavors to the table. We put together a few ways fresh herbs can help you set the stage for a delicious Thanksgiving while *bonus* lining up some delicious host gifts for the in-laws or friendsgiving feast!

Thanksgiving Prep Tips

1. Compound Butter

Snip fresh herbs (we recommend chives) into melted butter, and let it harden in a mason jar that can be used for cooking or served with dinner.

2. Simple Syrups

Infuse mint or basil into a simple syrup by combining equal parts sugar, water, and herbs in a saucepan and boiling until the sugar is completely dissolved. Strain the syrup into a jar for drizzling over baked goods or mixing into after-dinner cocktails.

3. Salts

In a food processor, combine kosher salt, fresh garlic, and herbs. Adjust for your perfect ratio, and pulse until coarse. Transfer to a jar to use in cooking or keep on your dinner table for guests to get creative!

4. Infused Oils

Tear fresh mint or basil and infuse into pure olive oil. Infusion can be done by mixing herbs and oil in a jar, and storing it in a cool, dark place for 1-2 weeks. If you want to infuse faster, you can blend the combination and simmer in a saucepan for 45 seconds. Once the oil has reached peak flavor, strain into a jar and use for salad dressings, pair with bread, or drizzle over veggies.

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