Fresh herbs are a culinary flavor booster. Whether you have a container of your favorite herb on the patio, a lavish outdoor herb garden, or you purchased cut herbs from a local market, you can freeze culinary herbs and oil into cubes for future cooking convenience.
Materials and Method
Besides your choice of fresh herbs, you’ll need paper towels, a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, a cutting board, ice cube trays, melted coconut oil or olive oil, freezer bags, and a permanent marker.
Step 1. Harvest fresh herbs. Wash and dry on paper towels. Using kitchen scissors or a knife, dice culinary herbs.
Step 2. Fill each compartment of an ice cube tray with one herb, such as basil, or a favorite cooking combination, such as basil, parsley, and oregano.
Pour melted extra virgin coconut oil or olive oil on top of the herbs and place the filled ice cube trays in the freezer.
Step 3. Once frozen, transfer cubes from trays into freezer storage bags. Label contents and return to freezer.
Remove a cube or two from the freezer and melt in skillet or pot as needed. Use when cooking: soup bases, sauces, stir-fry, fajitas, and omelets.
Use our pesto recipe with just about any herb you like. Divide it up into trays, and freeze. Then drop a cube or two into hot pasta and you’ve got dinner in minutes!
Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Pearls of Garden Wisdom: Time-Saving Tips and Techniques from a Country Home, Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home, and Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Tukua has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.