How to Freeze Herbs (+ ways to use them!)

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This kitchen hack is seriously so absolute best for summer season. If you could have fresh herbs rising on your lawn or are constantly stocking up on them on the retailer, put some apart to freeze for this fall & wintry weather!

In this Back to Basics publish, I’ll walk you thru step-by-step directions for how to freeze herbs and simply use them for your favourite recipes all year long.

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frozen herb cubes in a bowl

Why freeze contemporary herbs?

It may seem unnecessary, however freezing recent herbs is a serious sport changer when you check out it.

What you’ll need

This educational for freezing herbs requires only some gear and elements:

How to freeze herbs: a step by step tutorial

Let’s get to it! I have about 7 tremendous simple steps for freezing fresh herbs, plus scrumptious ways to use them.

fresh herb bunches on a marble board

Step 1:  Wash your entire contemporary herbs and pat them dry with a towel.

chopping herbs on a wooden board

Step 2: chop your herbs to the scale that you just’d like to use whilst you’re cooking them later.

fresh herbs in a silicone ice tray

Step 3: Add your chopped herbs to person sections of a silicone ice cube tray about ⅔ of the best way complete.

Why use a silicone ice tray? Using a silicone ice tray as opposed to a plastic one makes it much easier to get your herby oil cubes out of the tray without cracking or breaking. Plus, it’s much more straightforward to blank for future use!

pouring olive oil into an ice tray with fresh herbs

Step 4: Pour olive or avocado oil into each and every section of the ice dice tray. Be cautious not to overfill. Carefully press the herbs down so that the oil covers them completely.

Can I use water as an alternative of oil? Sure! If you’re taking a look to use those herbs as a garnish or in a chilly recipe like a cocktail or salad as an alternative of cooking them, be at liberty to freeze the herbs in water.

frozen herb cubes in a silicone ice tray

Step 5: Freeze the entire ice cube tray for a minimum of Three hours until ice cubes shape.

frozen herbs in a reusable bag

frozen herbs in a reusable bag

Step 6: Then, transfer herb ice cubes to a reusable, freezer-friendly bag.

frozen herb cube in a skillet

Step 7: When in a position to use, position one of the vital herb ice cubes in a heated pan and make your recipe as you in most cases would after adding oil and fresh herbs.

Alternatively, you'll let the herb oil cube thaw and use it in dressings and marinades!

If you’ve frozen the herbs in water: at this step, you’ll want to simply thaw the frozen herb cube and use the herbs as directed in the chilly recipe.

pasta in a skillet cooked with frozen herbs

Ways to use frozen herb cubes

Because we’re freezing these herbs in oil, the cubes are perfect for cooking up your favourite dishes and adding glorious flavor. Add 1-2 cubes to a pot or pan to make:

Bonus tutorial: freezing pesto

That’s proper, this simple approach for freezing recent herbs works simply as smartly with pesto! If you’ve made homemade pesto (like my well-known cilantro pistachio pesto) and need to freeze it for later, simply use the above manner and stir your pesto dice into sizzling pasta, with rice or the rest your heart desires.

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How to Freeze Herbs

5 from 2 votes

Prep Time 3 hours 20 mins

Total Time 3 hours 20 mins

Learn how to freeze herbs for later and use them to your favourite recipes! With this step-by-step instructional, you'll be in a position to avoid further meals waste via simply freezing contemporary herbs in an ice dice tray. Perfect for flavoring pasta, rooster, one pan meal and extra.

  • 1 small bunch of each and every: cilantro, basil, parsley, chives, rosemary & thyme
  • Olive oil, to fill an ice cube tray
  1. Wash your whole recent herbs and pat them dry with a towel.

  2. Chop your herbs to the size that you simply’d like to use when you’re cooking them later.

  3. Add your chopped herbs to particular person sections of a silicone ice dice tray about ⅔ of the way full.

  4. Pour olive or avocado oil into each section of the ice dice tray. Be cautious now not to overfill. Carefully press the herbs down in order that the oil covers them utterly.

  5. Freeze all of the ice cube tray for a minimum of Three hours until ice cubes shape. Then, transfer herb ice cubes to a reusable, freezer-friendly bag.

  6. When in a position to use, place some of the herb ice cubes in a heated pan and make your recipe as you typically would after including oil and fresh herbs.

Tutorial through: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography through Eat Love Eats

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