Freezing Fresh Herbs

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Freeze your garden fresh herbs in several easy steps to freeze that summer flavor and enjoy it all year long!

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!
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Step 1: Materials

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For the first method of freezing herbs, vacuum sealing, you'll need the following:
  • 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

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For both methods you should carefully wash your herbs to remove any lingering dirt or insects. Run them under cold water or submerge them in a bowl of cool water until all of the dirt has been removed.

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

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This is method #1!

For this method, you can leave the leaves on the stalks if you want, which makes for easier and faster preserving.
  1. 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.
  2. Vacuum seal it!
  3. Label it!
  4. Freeze it!
Your vacuumed sealed herbs should last for around a year in your freezer. An aesthetic note: freezing will result in a discoloration of your herbs. They should still however have all of their flavor!

I do this the same way! It really works!

jmc751 year ago
Good info. I rarely have leftover herbs in my backyard garden though. As soon as there's enough basil to make pesto it's all gone. A batch of mint cubes for mojitos would be a nice touch on a hot summer day.