Freezing Fresh Herbs
Here is an easy way that you can take advantage of the summer’s bounty by freezing herbs from you garden or the local farmers market. The flavors fresh herbs impart in just about any dish is unparalleled. Frozen herbs are a great compromise when fresh herbs aren’t available. Thawed herbs re great in cooked dishes, but they aren’t suitable as a garnish because they’re limp after freezing and thawing.
Some herbs that freeze include basil, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, and thyme.
To prepare fresh herbs for the freezer, follow these steps:
- Leave the stems on the herbs
- Blanch herbs by immersing them in boiling water for a few seconds, shake off excess water.
- Lay herb sprigs flat, not touching each other, on a piece of wax paper.
- Starting at one end, roll the wax paper snugly over the herbs. This keeps them separate and easy to use one spring at a time.
- Place the rolled herbs in a freezer bag, label andfreeze
- There is no need to thaw the herbs before using