How To Freeze Herbs for #SundaySupper

Ah, summer.

A time when hair gets lighter, skin gets darker, water gets warmer, drinks get colder, music gets louder, nights get longer, and life gets better.

And a time when backyard gardeners have herbs coming out the wazoo.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Seriously, culinary herbs are one of the easiest things for a home gardener to grow — and when they grow, they really grow — often leaving one with more herbs than they know what to do with.

When you’ve used your abundance of herbs eight ways to Sunday AND gifted them to every family member and friend you can think of, resist the urge to throw out what’s left … and freeze them instead!

Freezing Herbs

Freezing herbs is a quick and easy method to capture and preserve their color and flavor for use long after the summer season has passed.

How easy? Just chop some herbs, place them in an ice cube tray, cover with water, broth, or olive oil, then pop them in the freezer. Once frozen, remove them from the ice cube tray and store in a freezer bag for later use. See … totally easy!

Freezing works best with hearty herbs such as parsley, cilantro, chervil, chives, oregano, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme. Softer herbs such as basil, dill, and mint can be frozen as well, but their flavor may not hold up as well. Once frozen, the herbs can last for six months to a year … and when you need them, just grab a frozen herb cube from the freezer and get cooking.

Herbs frozen in water or broth can be used to brighten up soups, stews, chilis, or even a pot of spaghetti sauce. Herbs frozen in oil are great for recipes that call for oil to start with. Just let the herb cube melt in your saucepan, then start cooking your dish, allowing the herbs to flavor whatever your making!

Frozen Herb Cubes

How To Freeze Herbs

Ingredients:

  • Any amount of hearty herbs
  • Enough water, chicken or vegetable broth, or olive oil to cover

Directions:

  1. Lightly wash herbs in cool running water. Gently shake the herbs to remove the excess water, then allow the herbs to dry on paper towels.
  2. Finely chop the herbs, then pack into the wells of an ice cube tray; fill each well about 3/4 full.
  3. Cover the chopped herbs with water, broth, or olive oil. Cover the ice cube tray lightly with plastic wrap then place in freezer.
  4. Once frozen, remove the herb cubes from the tray and place in a freezer bag, making sure to label and date each bag.

Notes:

If the herb cubes are difficult to remove from the ice cube tray, just run a small amount of warm water over the back of the tray until the cubes start to release.

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Frozen Herb Cubes

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  • http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/ Stacy

    What perfect little nuggets of wonderful flavor you have in your freezer now, Kimberly! Summer’s too hot for herbs in Dubai but I grow them through the wintertime here. Pinning for when I am enjoying a surplus! Thank you!

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  • Amanda Boyarshinov

    What a perfectly wonderful way to preserve your bounty. I have some rosemary in the garden right now that may pair well with olive oil to use with chicken.

  • Renee Dobbs

    I’m so doing this with all the herbs that don’t survive the winter here.

  • Liz

    What a great idea! I love how they keep their vibrant color!

  • Hezzi-D

    I desperately need to do this! My herb garden is getting out of control and I hate to waste them!

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  • Jennifer Drummond

    I am sooooooooooo doing this! I waste so many herbs. This is a great idea!!

  • http://www.seductioninthekitchen.com Deanna Samaan

    I do need to do this! I am like Jennifer, I waste a lot of herbs. This is a great idea!!!

  • Dawn Yucuis

    I found you on the Around the Plate Community. I love your blog, very nice. This a great way to preserve herbs. I will have to try it.

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  • Family Foodie

    Such a great idea since I seem to waste herbs before they go bad! So glad to see you around the #SundaySupper table!

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  • Tara

    Great idea and yes I have lots to do that with!!!

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  • Confessions of a Culinary Diva

    Such a great and easy idea! I love to have frozen herbs at home, but have never made them.

  • Ethel @eatingininstead

    Brillant! Solves my perpetual problem of always having either too many fresh herbs (and tossing them) or not having any when I need them!

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  • Shaina Wizov

    Ah this is an amazing idea. It’d be great to have fresh herbs right at your fingertips all year long.

  • http://www.becauseilikechocolate.com/ Mallory @ Because I Like Choco

    Such a great idea to have fresh herbs at your disposal whenever you need them!

  • Coleen

    What a great idea! I’m always buying packages of fresh herbs, but I never use them all up before they go bad. I’m going to start doing this!

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  • Susan Pridmore

    Genius!!!!!!!!! I’ve never seen freezing herbs. I love this. I have a bushel of oregano that this will be perfect for!!!

  • Happy Baking Days

    What a brilliant idea! I’m forever wasting fresh herbs – now I know to freeze them instead!

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  • http://yummysmells.blogspot.com/ Sarah R

    I just told my mom about this, we bought a bunch of cilantro and only used a part so this is awesome

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  • The Ninja Baker

    Thank you, Kimberly. This is a completely keeper post as a great herb reference =) I appreciate your list and tips of what freezes best =)

  • http://www.webicurean.com/ Webicurean

    I need to start doing this! I waste so many fresh herbs, it’s crazy… I always thought they needed to be blanched or something first, and of course, I’m a bit lazy! ;)

  • Laura Dembowski

    Such a great tip that you can freeze them in water, broth, or oil. That way you can add some extra flavor too.

  • HappyForks

    Thank you for this amazing idea. Freezing herbs in jar it’s always problematic option. And now, it will be easy and we can enjoy herbs with almost full of their nutrients all year long.

  • Shanaka Mama Bee Does

    I have never attempted this before. What rock have I been under? Ack. Thank you!

  • kitchenriffs

    What a great idea! Our garden has tons of herbs at the moment, and I’ll never be able to use them all. I need to start freezing! Thanks for this.

  • Cindys Recipes

    Storing herb like this is so handy!

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  • Alice

    I should totally make herby-oil blocks with the just silly amount of herbs on my deck! we usually bring them in for the winter cuz they are just abundant, but I think I’m going to be making herby cubes of goodness soon!

  • Ala

    Kimberly, I totally haven’t had a chance to catch up on #SS blogs recently (or any, for that matter), but I just had to stop by because of that wonderful comment you left on Sunday. I love your posts, and this is a really awesome instructional post–thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    What a wonderful idea! I’m looking for a way to preserve my herbs this year. And, this would be so handy.

  • Betsy Cohen

    Brilliant…absolutely brilliant!! I never knew how to do this and am so excited to learn. Thank you!

  • The Food Hunter

    This is great!!

  • http://www.bobbiskozykitchen.com/ Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson

    Such a perfect way to enjoy all of my herbs I have grown this summer!

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  • Jocelyn

    I really love this, and totally need to make my own!! :)

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