Basil, Mint, Chives, and Tarragon are moisture rich herbs and consequently do not dry well. They instead can be preserved easier and faster by simply freezing the herbs. And as a fun fact, chives should really only be frozen and not dried.
You can freeze your herbs in one of two ways. Just follow this simple Instructable and you'll be freezing your herbs in no time!
Step 1: Materials
- Fresh Herbs that Freeze Well
- Vacuum Sealer
- Vacuum Sealing Bags
For the second method, Herbed Ice Cubes, you'll need the following:
- Fresh Herbs that Freeze well
- Empty Ice Cube Tray
Step 2: Wash
Dry your herbs throughly by patting with a dish towel. You may also use your salad spinner to dry your herbs.
Step 3: Method #1: Vacuum Seal
For this method, you can leave the leaves on the stalks if you want, which makes for easier and faster preserving.
- Place your herbs in your vacuum sealing bag, taking care to spread them out in the bag. Spreading out the herbs will help keep them from becoming one giant frozen bundle.
- Vacuum seal it!
- Label it!
- Freeze it!