Kitchen Tip: Freezing Herbs

Posted on May 8, 2013
Hi, Everybody! I have a quick little kitchen tip to share with you today! I love using fresh herbs when I’m cooking and baking, there’s just nothing like that fresh flavor and aroma that herbs bring to a dish. But whenever I buy a bunch of parsley, or rosemary, or any other herb, I use a little bit and then end up throwing the rest away. I recently I started freezing the herbs and that way I can just take them out and pop them into meals whenever I need them! All you need to do is chop up your herbs as roughly or finely as you want, put equal amounts of chopped herbs in the little ice cube compartments, slowly pour water in each and freeze them. Once they are frozen, you can move them into a ziplock bag and keep them in the freezer until you need them!
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Have a great rest of the week, Everyone!

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26 Comments

  • Reply Jamie May 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    This is an awesome! I currently have rosemary, basil, and chives in my fridge right now and this is perfect for not throwing the rest away, which like you, inevitably happens. Have a great day! ~ Jamie P.S. Pinning and sharing on my FB page! 🙂

    • Reply Maria May 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks, Jamie! You could also freeze them in olive oil instead of water, but I usually just do water, that way I can use them for anything!

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    • Reply Maria May 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply Cottage and Broome May 13, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    What a great tip! It seems like you have to buy such a big bunch of fresh herbs and I always have some left over, now they won’t go to waste. Thanks for sharing, Laura

    • Reply Maria May 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks, Laura! I always think the same thing, and this is such a great way to save all the herbs!

  • Reply Carol May 15, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I have a large French potager filled with fresh herbs, but I know our summer heat will just about do them in, so I’m definitely going to start freezing some.

  • Reply Laura May 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I definitely need to do this – I am always throwing away moldy herbs in my fridge. Maybe this will be the push I need to start freezing them before they go bad!

  • Reply Jc StevensKitchens June 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

    what happens when you want to thaw them out tho? Are they all soggy?

    • Reply Maria June 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      I usually just throw the “herb ice-cubes” into soups or sauces or whatever else I’m cooking so it’s fine! 🙂 But you could thaw them out by themselves and just dry them off too! 🙂

  • Reply SmplySuzy September 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    How ’bout dropping them in an herb infused cocktail…..or into a simple syrup, then stain? Anyone tried?

    • Reply Maria September 30, 2013 at 8:27 am

      You could definitely use these frozen herbs in many ways! You could also freeze them in olive oil instead of water.

  • Reply callieg March 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I did this with some sage I grew, it was last summer since I froze it. Do you think it is still good? And does it work with all herbs? Mostly thank you for the info and recipes!

  • Reply karo mariipozahz April 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I will try it. I’ve been throwing away 95% the herbs I buy allllllll the time. Hope it works for me. Thanks

  • Reply karo mariipozahz April 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I will try it. I’ve been throwing away 95% the herbs I buy allllllll the time. Hope it works for me. Thanks

  • Reply Belma Hartzenberg April 10, 2014 at 3:12 am

    One of my friends used to add a little olive oil instead of water to her herbs before freezing – not sure how well you can freeze olive oil?

    • Reply Maria April 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I’ve read about that too, freezing the herbs in olive oil, I need to remember to give it a try next time!

  • Reply PaulaMarie Bianchi April 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I just freeze them in a zip lock bag no water or oil — thats how mom did it – no problems for many years and it takes up less room than cubes

  • Reply Emilie Crosby April 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Ohhh, I like THAT PaulaMarie, no muss, no fuss!

  • Reply chris April 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Can you freeze cilantro?

  • Reply Tmary April 28, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I have frozen in my freezer right now, basil leaves in a baggy, basil leaves in oil in a baggy, cilantro leaves in a baggy, parsley in a baggy. I grow a lot of the herbs and during the growing period take off leaves and wash them, dry them and place in baggy and mark as to the date and what leaf it is.

  • Reply Tmary April 28, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I forgot to say, when I use it, I just break off what I need of the leaves in the baggy. Just like using fresh.

  • Reply Anne April 28, 2014 at 8:02 am

    If you take the leaves/sprigs and place on cookie sheet to freeze before bagging, it is easier to separate just what you need instead of trying to separate large chunks frozen together. Just lay out single layer (not touching) on cookie sheet. When frozen, place in labeled Ziploc baggies.

  • Reply TheMima67 May 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I freeze as well. I just rise, air dry then chop and store in zip lock bags in the freezer. I use a lot of cilantro and this is how i get it to last.

  • Reply Rosie Ban June 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    i have been freezing them for years but follow a step that is really important: vinegar to disinfect!

    pick and prepare herbs of just about any description (i like to save both whole stalks and and leaves of Rosemary in separate ziplocks) then soak in mild vinegar solution for a few minutes, drain and pat dry with kitchen paper, shred or chop as if you are about to use. freeze on baking sheets to keep free flowing and transfer to bags to store and pour from. Takes a little time but a chilled task and saves sooooo much hassle as well as time and money in the long run.

    really important to be food safe though so do kill bugs with vinegar

  • Reply Alexela June 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome idea! thanks 🙂

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