Freezing your own herbs

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.

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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 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Freezing your own herbs

  1. Jan February 8, 2016 at 9:22 am Reply

    Thanks for that Em-I didn’t know about the ice cube trick. We are lucky to be able to buy frozen herbs here in France. That always seemed like a great business opportunity for North America but as far as I know nobody’s done it.
    Have a great week! I guess you’ll be doing quite a bit of cooking with your friend staying with you for a while. Hugs, Mom

  2. Beth @ Culinary Correspondence February 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply

    That’s a nifty trick! I sometimes have a hard time finding the herbs I want in Barcelona. I’ve been just freezing leftovers in ziplocks but I’ll try your trick next time – sounds like a better conservation method! Thanks for the the tip 🙂

  3. Hanin February 18, 2016 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Emi this is brilliant!!
    Definitely using this to freeze herbs now. Although I have just planted mint, parsley, thyme and rosemary on our terrace – and they are still ok 🙂
    But cilantro, dill and chives are not always available so I will be freezing them 🙂 and they don’t sell frozen herbs here like they do in Paris… So thank you for the idea!
    We miss you loads and hope you are well
    Lots of kisses!

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