How to Preserve Herbs

How to Preserve Herbs

Enjoy the herb garden’s bounty all year long with our preserving tips.

Learn to correctly freeze or dry herbs. Try a combination of these preserving methods, depending on which ones you’re using, and cook with garden-fresh herbs no matter the season.

Drying Herbs
Leaves should be dry and crispy so that they crumble if rubbed between your fingers. Do not dry rosemary. When drying, tie smaller bunches so that the air moves freely between the leaves, which prevents mold. Once fully dry, you can store the herbs in jars or other airtight containers for up to a year. Here are three methods:

  • Air-drying: Tie small groups of 4-5 stems together and hang them upside down in a dust-free area that’s dark, warm and well ventilated.
  • Paper bag drying: Cover herbs loosely with a paper bag (not plastic) and keep out of light for 2-4 weeks. The darkness preserves the color in the leaves.
  • Oven drying: Clean the stems and pat dry. Arrange them on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Set temperature to 180 F and bake, with the oven door open, for 4 hours.

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Tip: Use the microwave oven to speed up the process. After the stems are clean and completely dry, place the stems in single layer between two paper towels and microwave on low. Check every 30 seconds until the herbs are brittle and ready to be stored.

Freezing Herbs
Use two basic methods to easily freeze fresh herbs.

  • Freeze in plastic bags: Wash and thoroughly dry the stems, then place in a sealable plastic bag and place in the freezer. Repackage the leaves a week later to take up less space.
  • Freeze in ice cube trays: Wash and chop the herbs. Divide 1/2 teaspoon portions into each tray cup and cover with water or olive oil and freeze. Remove the cubes and store in airtight containers.

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It's just my husband and I so we decided upon cornosh game hens, stuffing, and asparagus. He is the main cook in our home however I would like to have the asparagus cooked differently. I love the tips and suggestions provided from pgeveryday and others Happy Holidays everyone. TammTamm

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