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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Herbs on Ice

By Jennifer

You've got your iced tea and your herbal tea. Why not iced herbs?

Everyone knows that fresh herbs pack a more flavorful punch than their dried counterparts. To help your dishes explode with a bit of garden freshness even when the garden is done, preserve herbs by freezing them.

It's easy. Harvest herbs, rinse or soak them to clean, remove large stems then chop. Pack in freezer bags or other containers.

I like to firmly pack herbs into ice cube trays, then add just enough water to cover. Once frozen, remove from trays and store in freezer bags. Be sure to label -- all those frozen green cubes look alike!

Frozen parsley

A tablespoon of herbs fits into an ice cube tray compartment. Already chopped, already measured -- what could be easier? If you're adding herbs to soups, stews, risottos, etc., no thawing is required. Allow to thaw if adding to bread recipes and the like so herbs are not clumped together.



Jen J said...

I love this idea! Do you ever have problems with them turning brown? I'm totally going to try this. Thanks!

Kait Palmer said...

I tried this and then forgot about them for a week and they were all freezer burnt...maybe I should set a time next time, lol!

Kelly said...

I recently bought little frozen cubes of herbs at Whole Foods, but would much rather make my own. Thanks for the idea.

Alison said...

I popped over from Melissa T's --- and I'm so glad I did!
You are amazing!
I think I'm going to become your biggest fan :)

LOVE IT-- Keep up the good work.
And congrats on the new house, it looks awesome!

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Ruth said...

What a genius idea! I hope you don't mind--I will be passing this tip along on my new blog (with credit to you), so that I can be reminded of it! Thanks for sharing!