Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Freezing Fresh Herbs

Last week I explained how you can stockpile and freeze eggs. This week, I'm sharing with you how you can make the most of those fresh herbs you'll be growing in your garden, on your deck or on your windowsill this summer.

This particular thrifty trick does not work with every single type of herb. Herbs considered "soft" like basil or mint should not be frozen in this manner. They don't hold up well to the freezing process. However, any "hard herbs" like oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc. hold up very well.

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Leave your herbs in larger pieces or finely chop. Fill ice cube trays two-thirds full with the herbs and cover with olive oil or melted unsalted butter. I prefer olive oil - I very rarely have "real" butter in the house. Lightly cover the tray with plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen, place cubes in ziplock bags.

Most of the time recipes calling for fresh herbs will have you cooking onions, garlic or peppers in oil, so you can melt the herbed ice cube in the frying pan and use it to cook too.

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