My husband and I have no shame in admitting that we both have black thumbs. So naturally, I do not grow my own herbs. Maybe 17 years from now when we own a house I’ll attempt it. Or maybe my future children (no mothers this is not a hint) will be blessed with the green thumb of my grandfather, my parents, and mother-in-law. Even if you can successfully grow your own herbs, this tutorial will help you during the winters when your plants are in hibernation yet you still want that freshness.
I try my best to plan my weekly menu to generate as little food waste as possible, but even still, the herbs go bad before I get the chance to use the entire bunch. I can’t even successfully keep them thriving in a glass of water! I’ve tried wrapping them in damp paper towels in the fridge because I read to do that somewhere on the internet (and they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true). Yea, I couldn’t do that either.
Here’s what you’ll need: An ice cube tray! (Well, you need a freezer too…)
Here’s what you’ll do: Chop up your herbs. Pack them into an ice cube tray. Boil water. Pour over herbs. Freeze. Remove into freezer bag. Each ice cube yields about 1 tbsp fresh herbs. When you want to use them, simply pull out a cube and toss into your dish!
This quick how-to method works for soft leafed herbs (i.e.: basil, cilantro, mint, parsley).
Note: These herbs are now for cooking. I haven’t tried letting the ice cube melt to see what the delicate leaves will look like. If you try it out before I do, let me know if you can still garnish your dish with previously frozen herbs!
6 thoughts on “Freezing Herbs”
Why do you boil the water first?
If you boil water, it will result in a clean, clear ice cube. something about the gas molecules in the warmer water, but you could (and I like to) think of it as sterilizing the water too. Boiling water is just a habit I’ve gotten into when making ice cubes, but for all intents and purposes of preserving herbs, you could skip that step. 🙂
I’ve placed basil and parsley in the freezer with no issues, but whenever I’ve tried cilantro it never works. I’ll try again, this time using water!
This example was done with cilantro 🙂 good luck!
Another method that works is that instead of water use Olive Oil. No need to boil the water and most of the recipes I have already call for olive oil.