You don’t have to suffer the elevated prices and short shelf-life of fresh herbs from the grocery store in winter. With a little preparation, you can freeze your lovely summer herbs for use all year long.
Instructions for Freezing Herbs
Freezing herbs in water causes them to crystalize, damaging the flavor so the key to preserving herbs is to use olive oil.
Olive oil preserves the herbs by preventing contact with the air.
- Finely chop your herbs
- Sprinkle the herbs into an ice-cube tray
- Fill the compartments of the tray with olive oil
You can make an entire tray of one herb or create a herb mix such as rosemary, basil and oregano – perfect for Italian dishes.
When you’re ready to use the herbs, just add one or two cubes to your frying pan or favourite sauce.
The frozen olive oil will have a similar consistency to butter and will easily reconstitute when melted without loss of flavor.
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