Fast Forward to my grandsons outdoor, socially safe birthday, where I sat having a conversation with Anita and her DL Julia, each 6 feet away from me, and I tell them about my cilantro dilemma! Julia, an excellent cook and baker, suggested that I could put the cilantro in olive oil and freeze it in ice cube trays! Then, when I don't have fresh cilantro in the house, I can just pop a cube of the frozen stuff in my recipe and it will still taste fresh! So, after I got home, I started looking things up about freezing herbs online. Isn't it amazing how many different methods you can find on there? I looked things over, and this is what I did:
- The zest of 8 limes. Save the limes them selves for limeade or juice them and freeze the juice in cubes! I love using a microplane/zester for this job.
- Enough chopped cilantro to measure 3/4 c. I chopped mine with my Pampered Chef Hand Chopper because I didn't want it to puree in a blender or food processor.
- 3/4 c. coarse Kosher salt. You could also use sea salt.
3/4 c. loosely packed chopped cilantro
1 bunch finely chopped green onions, green part only
6 cloves finely chopped garlic
4 long sprigs of fresh rosemary, off the stem and chopped
1 c. coarse kosher salt
Blend all together in a bowl as before and spread on a sheet pan. Because there are wetter ingredients in this recipe, it will take about 4 hours to dry well in the oven at the lowest setting. When finished, crush up the larger chunks into the mix. The tiny dry onion pieces will burst into powder! I may have had a little too much fun with that.
I was able to get almost 3 containers of savory CROG from this recipe.
1 c. chopped cilantro, loosely packed
6 slices of crispy cooked bacon, crumbled. Cut off any fatty, not crispy parts. If possible, lower salt would be great.
3/4 c. coarse kosher salt.
Like the other recipes, blend all of the ingredients together and spread them on a sheet pan. Dry in your oven with it set on the lowest setting. It took mine 3 to 4 hours to dry completely.
Scrap everything together on the pan, crumbling even smaller as you do so.
This recipe filled 2 containers.