While I like fresh herbs to last, in hot weather they can wilt before using them. Store bought frozen or freeze dried herbs are nice but there’s all that packaging and expense. Wasting food is a waste of resources. My solution? Food process herbs and freeze them in a glass jar.
This couldn’t be easier to do. Let’s do this with cilantro, which is an herb I seem to use almost daily!
Start with a fresh bunch of cilantro. If it’s already looking wilted, cut off the bottom inch or so and stick it in a glass of cold water overnight.
Pretend like it’s a bouquet of flowers and admire it.
Now that your cilantro is fresh, let’s begin. With a food processor, place the entire bunch of herbs in the bowl and process/pulse until all chopped up. Once it’s done, use a small spatula to place cilantro in a small glass jar or two. Be sure and label. When frozen everything looks the same.
When you want to use your herbs, take out the jar and let it come to room temperature for a few minutes. Get the herbs you need and then refreeze the jar. We’re a microwave free home so I’ve not tried using a microwave. Less than ten minutes in a warm kitchen usually does the trick.
Another option is leaving the jar out on the counter and letting it completely thaw. I do that if using the entire jar of herbs.
Follow these directions for freezing any herbs. Don’t blanch and freeze anything – too much work! With basil, I just harvest it and stick it in a freezer bag – stems and all. When we want to cook with it, break off a chunk and cut it up or simply toss it in. You can’t go wrong with herbs. Fresh herbs that have been frozen will taste amazing in whatever you’re cooking.
That’s it! Super easy and now you have herbs when you want them without extra packaging or wasting resources. Love it!
What herb do you use daily? Do you have a small spatula? I only ask because I recently ground one up in a blender.