Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Freezing Herbs...

Frozen herbs will keep their flavor for several months and can be used in the same proportion as fresh herbs.

To Freeze Herbs:
Method 1:
Harvest the freshest, heathiest leaves

I swish the plants the evening before I plan to cut the following morning...just shake good to make sure you have no hitchhikers

Spread the individual leaves on a small tray or cookie sheet. Freezing the leaves flat and individually will prevent them from freezing together into a brick.

Cover and place the tray of leaves into the freezer

When frozen solid, place in airtight containers and return to the freezer. Once frozen individually, the leaves will not meld together.

Method 2:

Harvest the freshest, heathiest leaves

Stuff 2-3 individual leaves in ice cube trays. Pack them in so that at least half the cube is herb leaves.

Fill the tray with water. Make sure the leaves are down into the water, as best you can, and place in the freezer.

The the ice cubes are frozen, remove from the tray and store in zip closure bags.

When ready to use, toss the whole ice cube into your favorite stew or dish.

Enjoy healthy herbs all winter.

Bea Kunz

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