How-To: Freezing Fresh Herbs

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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.


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.


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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  1. You could always chop them and put them in ice cube trays with olive oil. That way, when it comes time to make a saute or sauce, you can just pop a cube or two out and you’re ready to go. I end up dehydrating mine at the end of the season. You have very nice neighbors. 🙂

  2. I froze everything this year, squash,cherry tomatoes (whole), chopped bell pepper in water, jalepenos. I will pull them out and use them in soups and stews all winter!
    I am going to freeze my lemon juice this year…great idea for the pick me up!

    • I’ve already used some of the lemon juice for lemon bars and the recipient raved…can only imagine if it was in the dead of winter! Glad you got everything put up.

  3. What a wonderful idea. I’ve never frozen herbs before but I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe, I might try to grow some soon. Not a green thumb here so you understand the hesitation 🙂 Thanks for the tip.

  4. Oops, forgot to mention I found you on My Turn for Us linky.

  5. I never considered freezing fresh herbs but what a great idea! I’ll have my chef (ahem, husband!) give it a try. 😉

  6. Great idea. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party. Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  7. 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.

  8. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    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 🙂

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

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


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