In my garden, I tried for the first time to make raised garden beds and decided that one should be just for herbs. It has worked really well and I think my main problem has been that I have not harvested enough, I know kind of a luxury problem. But as with vegetables, herbs are healthier when you prune them regularly as it will encourage your plant to grow more leafs.
So then I have a lot of fresh herbs that I have cut but there is only so much I can use at once. So I started to research how I could preserve the herbs for later use.
I have taken some of them and dried, especially oregano which I really like dried. But then I came across on thekitchn.com the method of freezing your herbs in oil and thought that would be brilliant. This method works best with the tougher hard herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. These are all herbs that would probably be cooked when added to a dish.
Steps to Freeze & Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil
– Choose firm, fresh herbs, ideally from the market or your own garden.
– If you wish, you can chop them fine. Or leave them in larger sprigs and leaves.
– Pack the wells of ice cube trays about 2/3 full of herbs.
– You can mix up the herbs, try a bouquet garni of sage, thyme, and rosemary.
– Pour extra-virgin olive oil over the herbs.
– Cover the ice cube tray lightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
– Remove the frozen cubes and put in freezer containers or small bags.
– Remember to label the bag/container which kind of oil and herbs are inside.
This is a great way to have ready in your freezer herbs which you can use in all your stews, soups, roasts and potato dishes. Those kinds of dishes usually call for oil, to begin with, so just take a cube of frozen oil and use it as the base of your dish.
Cook onions and garlic in the herb infused oil and let the taste of herbs spread through your dish.
I recommend using good quality olive oil but you could also use melted butter. And in the summertime when the markets are full of wonderful fresh herbs, fill your freezer and enjoy them all year long.