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How-To: Freezing Fresh Herbs

I want to be a gardener, I do.  I’ve given it a try, but as many of your know, my garden gave me the finger.

Oy.

So what’s a saddy sad non-gardening grandmama to do?  STEAL FROM THE NEIGHBORS!

Not really, come on now.  I’m a granny for goodness sakes.  I have an example to set.  Most of the time…

Instead of stealing from the neighbors, I’m lucky enough who have neighbors who share.  Maybe their generosity is spurred on by getting these or these hand-delivered by yours truly, or maybe they’d share even if they knew I couldn’t bake.  No matter.  I simply love that they share.

Before everything got frost-bitten here, I snagged some fresh basil, cilantro and rosemary.  Once I got them home, my hands and house smelled delicious and I suddenly wanted brick-oven pizza.

Since I couldn’t use all the herbs before they’d spoil, I put out a call to my gardeny friends for advice.  The consensus was to wash, dry, then freeze the herbs for later use.  Some advised chopping, others to lay flat.  My Google research had one caveat: once thawed, the herbs might be a bit limpish, so it’s best to use them in a dish that will be cooked.

Gotcha.

My freshly picked haul:

How-To: Freezing Fresh Herbs

 

Come closer and smell that aromatic basil.  ~faint~

How-To: Freezing Fresh Herbs

 

Oh, Hai!  How’d dat lemon get in there?!  The one thing I can grow are Meyer Lemon trees.  The squirrels decimated my crop in the droughty summer, but this one, and a few others, hung on.

How-To: Freezing Fresh Herbs

 

If you have never had a Meyer Lemon, I weep for you.  Boo-Hoo!  They are terrific.  So as not to waste the lemons, I freeze their juice to use in the winter when I need a summery pick-me-up.

How-To: Freezing Fresh Herbs

 

Washed, dried and packaged herbs are ready to freeze.  All of the air has been pushed out of the bags for insurance against freezer burn, plus they’ll store flat.

How-To: Freezing Fresh Herbs

 

The bag on the top has a wet napkin inside the bag because I plan on using them on a pizza soon.  No freezey.

How-To: Freezing Fresh Herbs

It’s as easy as that.

Do you have any knowledge you’d like to lay on us in the arena of frozen herbs? Anything else we should take into consideration?

Weigh-in, my babies!

 

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Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

Thursday 5th of December 2013

I love fresh herbs. My neighbor thinned his garden and gave me his extra in pots. I was so delighted. Love the tip.

Mrs. Tucker

Thursday 5th of December 2013

I'll use them all winter as I dream of summer!

Linda

Thursday 5th of December 2013

I featured you tonight on the new linky, Mrs. Tucker! Thanks for the herb freezing tips. Your friend, Linda

Mrs. Tucker

Thursday 5th of December 2013

Ooooo! What a nice surprise. Thank you!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

Thursday 5th of December 2013

I really need to remember this - I can't tell you how many times I have ended up throwing herbs away! Pinning! Thanks so much for sharing at Freedom Fridays :)

Mrs. Tucker

Thursday 5th of December 2013

I've been guilty of that, too. Thanks for the pin!

Shannah @ Just Us Four

Thursday 5th of December 2013

This is a great post. I definitely like to freeze some of my fresh herbs to use all year round. Thanks for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party.

Mrs. Tucker

Thursday 5th of December 2013

Thank you...happy to share!

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