Love the taste of fresh herbs?! Yeah- me too. Want to enjoy the flavor of your summer herbs even during the winter months? Want to preserve the left over herbs you bought after using what you needed for one recipe? Well my friends, I got you covered this week. I know this isn’t a recipe- but it’s useful for future recipes. Here are a couple of ways I use to have fresh herbs year round and reduce any waste.
In the summer, I usually go to my local market and buy what I can find: parsley, dill, cilantro, mint, etc…
I get home. Clean them well. Pat dry with a tea towel. Chop the herbs or keep whole- your choice. I usually do a bit of both.
Now you have two choices. You could just put them in a freezer bag- but you do run the risk of freezer burn. This is a good technique if you know you’re going to use them within a month or two of purchase. For longer conservation- I suggest you try the following:
Put a tablespoon of herbs into each of the cubes of an ice tray. Fill half with water and freeze. Once frozen, add more herbs and fill with more water to the top and freeze. Once frozen, place in a freezer bag. Voila!!!!
Keep the herbs separate or mix them together- your choice, it’s your cooking 🙂
When you want to use them, just plop a herb cube into your sauce or stew. No waste and tasty meals!!!!!!! If you want to use them without the water, just take them out a few minutes prior, let the water melt, pat dry with a tea towel and there you go! Simple 🙂