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Made Simple: Freezing Fresh Herbs

If you’ve read here long enough, you know I swipe herbs from my neighbors. Why grow herbs, when you can steal ’em.

~pulling on ski mask and creeping into their yard at midnight with a flashlight~

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

Instead of stealing, 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.

Back when I wrote the original post on herb-snatchin’, we were about to have our first frost and 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:

Freezing Fresh Herbs

Come closer and smell that aromatic basil. ~faint~

Freezing Fresh Hebs

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.

What say you experienced freezer of herbs? Anything else we should take into consideration?

 

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Jennifer S

Thursday 16th of July 2015

First I'd have to defeat my black thumb of plant death... THEN grow some some yummy herbs... then we can talk about freezing them LOL

Patti Tucker

Thursday 16th of July 2015

Ha! Or, you can do like me...swipe 'em from the neighbors!

Tara Siudy (Little Miss Dexterous)

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

Great tips! I have always wanted to try this! Thanks! Pinning and sharing~

Patti Tucker

Thursday 16th of July 2015

Thanks for sharing!

CD Loken

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

I've tried freezing my herbs in olive oil, but never just in a baggie! Good to know it works! I have an abundance of basil and oregano this year and don't want to waste one bite!! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! PINNING!!!

Patti Tucker

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

Thanks for the pin!

She Rocks Fitness

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

LOVE fresh herbs...They are so aromatic, good for you, and just bring a instant smile to the face! :)

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

Agreed! I love how my hands smell after picking them.

Melissa @ The Fit Chocoholic

Monday 13th of July 2015

I've never tried freezing fresh herbs before! I'll need to try that because I've been guilty of letting them go to waste!

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

When my lemons all become ripe at the same time, I juice them for winter goodness, so I figured it would be great to have the herbs too.