AuthorMichelle McKenzie

How to Make It

Step 1
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Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt until it tastes like the sea. Fill a bowl with ice and cold water and place it near the stove. Line a strainer with cheesecloth (double layer if it’s not very fine) and set over a bowl.

Step 2
2

Blanch chives and herbs in boiling water 10-15 seconds. Using a fine-meshed spider, immediately transfer to ice water. Once herbs are cold, spread on a clean kitchen towel, roll up, and press gently to dry.

Step 3
3

Run a knife through herbs to chop them a little, then purée in a blender with preserved lemon, oil, and salt, stopping before blender heats up as this can turn your oil brown.

Step 4
4

Pour oil through prepared strainer. Stir a little to help it along, but don’t press on solids or oil will be cloudy.

5

Make ahead: Up to 1 week, chilled airtight; bring to room temperature and stir or swirl before using.

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Makes 1 Cup

Ingredients

 About 1/2 ounce (1 bunch) chives
 About 2 ounces (4 lightly packed cups) of any 3 or more mixed fresh herbs (such as parsley, dill, mint, or chervil; fennel fronds work too), destemmed, washed and thoroughly dried
 1/4 cup chopped rinsed preserved lemon rind (about ½ large preserved lemon)
 1 1/2 cups chilled grapeseed oil
 About 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions

Step 1
1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt until it tastes like the sea. Fill a bowl with ice and cold water and place it near the stove. Line a strainer with cheesecloth (double layer if it’s not very fine) and set over a bowl.

Step 2
2

Blanch chives and herbs in boiling water 10-15 seconds. Using a fine-meshed spider, immediately transfer to ice water. Once herbs are cold, spread on a clean kitchen towel, roll up, and press gently to dry.

Step 3
3

Run a knife through herbs to chop them a little, then purée in a blender with preserved lemon, oil, and salt, stopping before blender heats up as this can turn your oil brown.

Step 4
4

Pour oil through prepared strainer. Stir a little to help it along, but don’t press on solids or oil will be cloudy.

5

Make ahead: Up to 1 week, chilled airtight; bring to room temperature and stir or swirl before using.

6

Makes 1 Cup

Preserved Lemon Herb Oil