Every time I buy fresh herbs from the market or the grocery store, I always end up with leftovers. What can you do with them? It’s such a waste to throw out perfectly good herbs, but they will dry out quickly in the fridge if you don’t use them soon and keeping them in water doesn’t make that much of a difference. Freezing them directly can also prolong it’s life, but I find that thawing them afterwards makes them limp and doesn’t maintain their flavour as well. So what do I do with my leftover fresh herbs? Freeze them in olive oil! The olive oil preserves them a little better in the freezer and you don’t even need to defrost it when you use it!
- Chop up your herbs into smaller pieces.
- In a clean ice cube tray, evenly distribute your herbs between each cube.
- Pour olive oil into the rest of the tray.
- Freeze. After frozen, you can keep them in a freezer bag.
- This has been my favourite way to freeze fresh herbs. Not only does the olive oil preserve them a little better than direct freezing, but the oil itself retains some of the flavours of the herbs.
- You can freeze different combinations of herbs in one ice cube tray to save yourself some time in the future of mixing herbs into your dish.
- You don’t need to defrost it when you want to use it (you can if you want to). Just put a few cubes directly into your pan or on top of your roasted potatoes and bake in the oven.