Yield
Serves 24 (serving size: 1 teaspoon)
Photo: Brian Kennedy; Styling: Claire Spollen

How to Make It

Step 1

Start Fresh. For the brightest, purest flavor, use herbs at their peak rather than dried. Choose organic if you can, and rinse well. We used 2 ounces of fresh chives cut into 1-inch pieces to make the vibrant chive oil.

Step 2

Get the Herbal Essence. Lock in the color of leafy and grassy herbs like parsley, basil, tarragon, chives, and cilantro. Dip herbs in boiling water for 10 seconds; drain. Rinse with ice water. Blot dry--oil and water don't mix.

Step 3

Go Neutral. Mild-flavored oils like grapeseed, light olive oil, canola, or safflower take on herbal flavors without competing. Place herbs and oil in a blender; process 3 to 4 minutes or until bright green and smooth.

Step 4

Filter and Store. Let mixture sit for 45 minutes so the herb flavor transfers to the oil. Strain through a double layer of cheesecloth; discard solids. For the clearest concoction, don't press. Store herb oils in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Infused oil can also be frozen (place in mini ice cube trays until frozen; then transfer to zip-top freezer bags).

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