These concentrated herb oil sprays are something entirely new for us — have you ever seen them before? Could they be your next pantry staple? I recently spotted these herb-infused sunflower oil sprays at a local grocery store in Chicago. (Although the internet tells me they've been out a full year now, this is the first time I had seen them.)
Without a doubt, fresh herbs are always the best way to go, hands down. There isn't any argument over that. But there are moments when we don't have time to shop, and dried herbs, although OK, don't pack much punch. There are the tubes of fresh ground herb pastes often found in the produce section of your grocer, but they can get pretty pricey.
These small tubes of concentrated herb-infused sunflower oil could be a good compromise (if you can get over their packaging). They don't require any refrigeration, and the reviews across multiple sites are mostly positive and enthusiastic. (There are also a few horrible commercials that are so bad they won't be swaying your judgement any time soon.) The idea of a product that can achieve a punch of herbal flavor without a trip to the market has my curiosity piqued.
Have you tried these yet? Chef Macee's sprays were retailing for around $3 in my neighborhood, but because they actually had rosemary in stock, I opted for the real thing instead. You can chose from rosemary, garlic, caramelized onion, chipotle, basil, Italian, oregano and parsley.
Are you skeptical of such products? Do you try them on first sight? Would you rather just stick to the real thing?
→ Take a Look! Chef Macee's Concentrated Sprintz
Related: Good Question: Substituting Dried Herbs for Fresh