How to freeze raw herbs
There’s nothing better than using herbs to add flavor to your food and boosting the health of your family at the same time. They play an important role in keeping our minds and bodies healthy. Plus, they are powerful allies in preventing various illnesses, including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. For these reasons, herbs should find their place in your diet all year-round. This means that now is the time to start thinking about ways to preserve them in order to enjoy their numerous benefits no matter what season. Preserving herbs typically includes freezing them. However, things aren’t really that straightforward, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are steps that need to be taken prior to doing this. Furthermore, there’s more than one way to freeze them, so we’ll deal with all these options now. It is highly recommended that you grow your own herbs. If you do not have an herb garden though, you can purchase organic ones in your local market. Fresh is best, so ensure you obtain fresh herbs, then…
- rinse them as thoroughly as possible to remove all dirt and critters.
- cut off the long stems.
- chop your herbs finely
- place them into an ice cube tray, making sure they are packed evenly.
Pour some water in the tray and put it in the freezer for 24 hours. Once they have turned into herb cubes, place them in a freezer bag and keep stored until you need them. Another more convenient option is not to freeze herbs in ice trays at all. Just place the chopped herbs in a zipper-lock bag and make sure there’s no air in the bag before sealing it. Put the bag on a baking sheet, place everything in the freezer and leave it there until you want to spice up your foods with herbs. The reason one would prefer this method is because it’s easier than using herb cubes. You can literally just cut off as many herbs as you need with a knife and reseal the rest. Additionally, herbs that were frozen this way will melt faster and you can prepare a delicious meal with them in no time.