How To Freeze And Preserve Garden Herbs To Use All Year!
This year was our first year to ever plant a vegetable garden and I have to say I LOVED it! We had so many herbs leftover I needed to find a way to preserve and freeze our garden herbs to use all year!
- Bell Peppers
Just recently for the fall we planted:
- Red Cabbage
- Brussels Sprouts
There was quite a learning curve to say the least! I Googled almost every day!
The tomatoes didn’t want to produce and then all of the sudden they did, the squash died due to a bug of some sort, the bell peppers did very little, the herbs went nuts – especially the basil which actually grew into more of a tree/bush than I thought it would!
Once we hit the end of the summer, I wanted to preserve as much of the herbs as possible. The kids bought us a dehydrator, so we dried out quite a bit and “canned” them. Of course we used as much fresh as we could all season.
I chose to make Herb Butter Cubes for cooking, We cook with real butter and/or coconut oil, so to freeze it in butter or coconut oil to use when we cook is perfect for us!
So, I headed to the garden and picked a lot of the basil, I got some oregano, thyme, and chives, too. We chopped them up and then put them in ice trays. This is the first time I attempted this, so, I just filled the trays with as much of the chopped herbs are I could.
Some of the trays had just one herb, and some had mixes of herbs for variety. After I filled the trays with the herbs I made sure, as best I could, that the cubes would be defined so that the herbs from one cube didn’t hang over into another and get frozen together.
Then I just popped them in the freezer overnight to harden. Now, when it came time to remove them – I had some trouble. I had bought new ice trays from the Dollar Tree for this purpose and they were pretty flimsy, so when I twisted them to get the cubes to “pop out”… that didn’t happen! lol
So, Hubby went at them with a knife, a spoon, and the back of a fork. I then wrestled them away to try a different approach! lol It finally dawned on me if I was quick and careful I could run hot water over the back of the trays to help loosen them. I knew that was an option I was just afraid the butter would melt quicker than I could remove them, but, it didn’t! It worked great and they fell out beautifully!
I also did ones with coconut oil, I will say the coconut oil ones popped right out much easier than the butter ones, just fyi. Of course, you can freeze them in water, too, if you like. You can also add seasonings, such as garlic to your liking!
Let me know if you try and what combinations you used! I’d love to hear how you Preserve and Freeze Garden Herbs To Use All Year!