Freezing herbs has become a wonderful summer ritual! Our pots of herbs are growing riotously! Each herb plant is happy and lush and pushing out more and more beautiful and tasty leaves! I’m freezing herbs and saving all that summer freshness to be used year long in my recipes. Freezing herbs is so so easy and it is very budget-wise. Let’s pack our freezer with summer goodness!
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Today I picked a few sprigs of dill, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and sage from my kitchen garden. I chose hardier herbs to freeze. Aren’t the herb colors and textures so pretty?
how to prepare herbs for freezing
After washing the herbs and letting them air dry I pulled the smaller leaf herbs from their stems and filled my silicone ice cube trays with them. The larger leaves got chopped up and also put in the tray!
Use a good sharp knife or a Mezzaluna (on my wishlist) to chop the herbs. A dull knife will bruise them and they will turn brown.
I use large silicone ice cube trays all the time. I freeze leftover sauces, gravies, anchovies, tomato paste, etc in them! You can see more about them at the bottom of the page.
But any old ice cube tray will do. Freezing herbs in larger ice cube trays is a whole lot easier though.
the best way to freeze herbs
I took a just a minute to snap a few pictures before getting them into a Mason jar!
Herbs preserve much better in the oil and retain their flavor and do not get freezer burn. Another big bonus is the herbs infuse the oil with their wonderful fresh flavor!
how to use frozen herbs
These beautiful little cubes of herby goodness can be dropped into soups, stews, whisked into salad dressings, made into marinades and more!
waste not, want not
If you don’t have a kitchen herb garden or grow herbs in pots or containers freeze store-bought herbs!
I like to freeze herbs that have been in my refrigerator and are not being used! I don’t like to throw them out!
So before they turn, make sure to freeze them! It’s so easy and no wasted food!
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