It’s easy to take fresh herbs for granted when they are growing wild in your backyard, but before these aromatic gifts wilt away with the change of seasons, we suggest you freeze your favorite herbs using one of the creative methods below. From freezing with olive oil to rolling into easy-to-store sheets, preserving herbs will allow you to have fresh pesto pasta in December and quick, easy-to-cook, aromatics at the ready all year long.
By Kate Wilke
Butter Herb Cubes
Foodie in WV
Foodie in WV recommends freezing rosemary, sage and oregano in trays of salted butter. She then melts slices of the cubes in mashed potatoes, over roasted vegetables and under the skin of roasted chicken. Get the recipe here.
Olive Oil Herb Cubes
The Kitchn freezes herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano in olive oil to reduce browning and freezer burn. Get the recipe here. Try freezing in vegetable stock, too.
Herb Ice Cubes
Go Garden Go
Go Garden Go reveals the best herbs for freezing and has our wheels spinning with this provided picture of blueberries frozen with rosemary. Get the recipe here.
Oil or Butter Sheets
Rodale’s Organic Life
Organic Life recommends freezing herbs in plastic bags so the sheets lay flat for easy storage. Get the recipe here.
Flash Freeze Herbs
Shannon of Nourishing Days for Simple Bites
Simple Bites suggests picking herbs just before or at the beginning of flowering and flash freezing them on a pan before transferring to a container. Get the recipe here.
Freezing Hard Herbs and Storing in Jars
Kalyn’s Kitchen teaches readers how to freeze rosemary and thyme in plastic bags before transferring to canning jars. Get the recipe here.
Frozen Herb Pesto
A Way to Garden
A Way to Garden prepares and freezes fresh pesto to preserve parsley. Get the recipe here.
Edible Flower Cubes
The View From Great Island