Before we share this great technique from our friend Maria over at Keto Adapted, we want to give you more details on irradiation — or, the reason why we recommend you always purchase organic seasonings and spices! Maria's technique of freezing fresh herbs in our SKINNYFat oil is another fantastic option for preserving fresh, organic herbs rather than using store bought.
Food irradiation, which is often referred to as “cold pasteurization,” has been practiced in the United States for almost fifty years. Irradiation is the process of exposing food to radiation to destroy microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, or insects that might be present in the food and extends its shelf life, making foods past their natural “due date” appear fresh and vibrant.
Today more than thirty five countries have approved irradiation of some forty percent of food products, including potatoes, onions, bananas, apples, strawberries, mangoes, meat, poultry, fish, grains, seasonings, and spices.
While irradiation works to kill bacteria, it also disrupts the structure of everything it passes through. Specifically, irradiation breaks up a food’s DNA, vitamins, minerals, and proteins and creates “free radicals” (atoms, molecules, or ions that contain unpaired electrons and crash into each other, multiplying exponentially) that contribute to many degenerative diseases, including heart disease, dementia, cancer, and cataracts.
Irradiation also intensely depletes micronutrients.
We hope now you can understand why this is such an important topic, and why we're always recommending organic whenever possible! We're also thrilled that our friend Maria has shared this new, simple way of preserving herbs — freezing them in SKINNYFat!
Here are Maria's instructions for freezing herbs in oil…
STEP 1: Harvest organic herbs.
STEP 2: Clean organic herbs in water. Gently pat them dry or spin them dry in a salad spinner. Do not crush them.
STEP 3: With your hand strip the leaves off the stems. Place a TBS of leaves in an ice cube tray. Fill the ice cube tray with another TBS of SKINNYFat Olive.
STEP 4: Once frozen, place the frozen herby ice cubes into a glass container or gallon freezer bag making sure to label and date them.
STEP 5: Use these frozen cubes to make our perfect pesto recipe with zucchini noodles in the colder months when fresh herbs aren't available!
Perfect Pesto Recipe
Be sure to head on over to Maria's website, and check out her other suggestions for freezing and dehydrating your own herbs! She has some amazing recipes as well!
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