How To Preserve And Freeze Herbs In 8 Steps!

Want to have fresh, tasty herbs ready immediately for stews, roasts, soups, and potato dishes? Try freezing them in Olive Oil! Preserving herbs in oil reduces some of the browning and freezer burn that herbs can get in the freezer. Most dishes call for oil to begin with, so why not just take a frozen oil cube with herbs inside and use as the base for your dish? And if you really want to add flavor, just cook onions and garlic in this herb-infused oil and enjoy as the taste of herbs penetrate the entire dish.

Tips For Preserving Herbs 

The oil-and-freezer method of preservation works best with the tougher hard herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. Normally, these are all herbs that would be cooked when added to a dish.

Soft herbs such as mint, basil, lemon verbena, and dill are normally added raw to a dish, and don’t respond as well to this kind of preserving. Their fresh taste can change in the freezer and are not recommended for freezing due to the delicate nature of these herbs. Homemade basil pesto may be the only exception to this. Check out the herb chart below to select which tasty herbs you would like to freeze.

How To Freeze Herbs in Oil In 8 Steps! 

1. Choose firm, fresh herbs, ideally from the market or your own garden. 

2. If you wish, you can chop them fine. Or leave them in larger sprigs and leaves. You can also freeze a combination of finely-chopped and whole herbs such as Rosemary, Fennel Stalk, Sage, and Oregano.

3. Pack the wells of ice cube trays about 2/3 full of herbs.

4. You can mix up the herbs, too; think about freezing a bouquet garni of Sage, Thyme, and Rosemary to add to roast chickens and potatoes! 

5. Pour extra-virgin olive oil or melted, unsalted butter over the herbs. 

6. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. 

7. Remove the frozen cubes and store in freezer containers or small bags. 

Herb Labels

8. Don’t forget to label each container or bag with the type of herb (and oil) inside!

Sources: Kitchn, Buzzfeed. Serious Eats


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