How to Freeze Your Herbs
Sometimes you have more herbs than you can handle, or cook with at the moment. Perhaps your dinner party was cancelled, or your pets decided to have an armed revolt, completely up-ending your dinner plans. Or maybe you’d just like to preserve that garden fresh flavor just a little longer. Enter Extra Virgin Olive Oil and your freezer. Together with some ice cube trays (we like the silicone variety as they are easy to peel away from the cubes), you too can create your very own herb garden without the dirt, bugs and pruning.
Here’s how: Finely chop the fresh herbs and group them into piles that measure about 2 tablespoons. Place 2 tablespoons of the herbs into each square of the ice cube trays. Make sure you keep the herbs separate, so you know what you’re getting.
Cover the herbs with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and freeze. When you want a dash of fresh herbs, heat up a skillet over medium heat, and pop a few cubes (as many as are needed) into the skillet. The oil will melt and free the herbs, leaving you nothing but fresh flavor.
If you don’t have ice cube trays on hand, mix the herbs and olive oil together and place in a 1-quart zip-top freezer bag. Spread to flatten into a thin layer and freeze flat. When ready to use, simply break off the desired amount. With this method, garden fresh herbs are ready to use anytime straight from your freezer.
You can also spread whole or chopped leaves on a baking sheet, freeze overnight, and then package in labeled containers or zip-top plastic bags.