Jul 16, 2010

Freezing Herbs

My garden this year is thriving and I am beyond thrilled!
So far we've harvested some zucchini, sugar snap peas, and cilantro.

The thing with cilantro, or any herb for that matter, is that if you planted a lot of it, it's hard to use it all at once while it's fresh.
So I freeze it!

In case you've never done this before, here's how:

After the cilantro is picked and thoroughly washed, chop it into small pieces.

Then put it into ice cube trays and fill the trays with water.
{Approx. 1 tbs per cube...but I didn't measure it exactly.}

Put the ice cube trays in the freezer for about one day and then break the frozen cubes of cilantro out of the tray and put them in a Ziploc freezer bag.

Now when I want to make salsa or some other yummy dish later in the year, all I have to do is defrost the cubes.
This little bit of work and planning makes cooking in the future so much easier!


Amber said...

My love for cilantro has grown since finding Pioneer Woman! I never realized you can freeze herbs in water. I will do this from now on! I don't have an herb garden yet - we built a house and still don't even have our yard put in - but very soon! My plan is to plant an herb garden. I did find some sorry looking cilantro plants at Lowes in their distressed plant section for .50 cents however I have only succeeded in making it even sorrier! :)

Thanks for your sweet comment about my scripture sign and my living room. I am really flattered! So many times I decorate an area and then immediately question my decision.

Karen Hinkle said...

brilliant idea! I love cooking with herbs but they tend to spoil before I can eat them all. Gotta love cooking for one!

KC and the Sunshine Kids said...

Great idea!!! I've been griping to my hubby that I worked so hard on our garden all spring/summer and now will lose so much of my 'harvest' when we move... THIS will be a great way to take my cilantro with me for those winter days I want to make fresh pico de gallo!

Jensamom23 said...

Basil works like a charm as well to add to sauces or make pesto in the dreary days of winter.

Pinkie said...

I had no idea you could do this with fresh herbs. Thanks so much for sharing this idea.

MamaBug said...

Gosh...not sure how I got to this post, but I have been looking at your wonderful projects and thought I'd leave a comment on at least one.
Thanks for this tip, I can't seem to grow cilantro and I'm always wishing I had some on hand for our many mexican dishes we love so much.
Thanks for sharing!

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