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Tall glass jar, bottles and small containers filled with preserved herbs.

Preserving Herbs – Fresh Herb Vinegar and Herb Salt

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: N/A


Preserving herbs is easy to do and it allows you to use fresh herbs well after their shelf life would have expired! Fresh herb vinegar and herb salt blend are great DIY food gifts, too!


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For Herb Vinegar

  • 2 cups red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 5 sprigs fresh herbs (such as oregano, rosemary, tarragon, or thyme), lightly torn
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed chili flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • pinch of kosher salt or sea salt

For Herb Salt Blend:

  • 1 cup coarse kosher salt
  • peppercorns
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1 cup mixed fresh herbs

For Freezing herbs

  • See blog for details. You will need a little bit of the following
    • broth
    • seasonings of choice
    • Poultry herbs and mint
    • olive oil
    • lemon or lime juice


For Herb Vinegar:

  1. Put vinegar and 4 to 5 sprigs of fresh herbs in a jar, add the optional chili flakes and garlic. Seal with a tight-fitting lid, and set aside to let infuse until flavors blend, 1 week up to 4 weeks..
  2. Strain vinegar through a fine mesh sieve into a decorative bottle and add an additional herb sprig.
  3. Tie on a hand-written card with serving suggestions around the neck of the bottle. Store in the refrigerator.

Herb Salt Blend:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor bowl and blend until combined.
  2. Transfer to a wide mouth canning jar or small jars for gifting. Cover, and store in fridge for 3 days, or freeze in zip top plastic bag for up to 1 month.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: condiments, pantry staples
  • Method: preserving
  • Cuisine: American