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Four bundles of fresh herbs tied with kitchen twine.

Preserving Fresh Herbs: 2 Easy Ways

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  • Author: Vanessa | Maple + Mango
  • Prep Time: 15 min (varies depending on quantity and method)
  • Total Time: 4 hours (if freezing and a few weeks for drying method)
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Seasonings

Description

Learn how to preserve the bounty of fresh herbs from your herb garden with these two easy methods: Freezing + Drying.


Ingredients

  • Fresh Herbs
  • Olive oil or broth, for freezing method

Equipment:


Instructions

How To Freeze Fresh Herbs:

  1. Clean herbs with a wet cloth and finely chop.
  2. Place chopped herbs into an ice cube tray, silicone muffin tray or baby food storage tray.
  3. Cover herbs with olive oil or broth.
  4. Place in freezer.  Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer bag or container and store in freezer.

How To Dry Fresh Herbs:

  1. Tie small bundles of herbs together with kitchen twine around the stems.
  2. Hang upside down in a dark, dry, well ventilated space.
  3. Allow the herbs to dry completely (approx. 1-3 weeks).  Ready once the leaves crumble easily.
  4. Remove the dried leaves from the stem and store in an airtight container.

Notes

  • See post for helpful tips and ways to use your frozen and dried herbs.