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Preserving fresh herbs

We are about to leave for a 11-day vacation...I bought a bunch of fresh herbs for a dinner the other night (taragon, parsley, chives) and I really don't want to waste them. Can I freeze fresh herbs? Can I create herb pastes or something and freeze them? Or am I best off using them for flavored oil and calling it a day? I just hate to waste them....

asked by MTMitchell about 6 years ago
3 answers 1266 views
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added about 6 years ago

Why not make a few compound butters, roll them up in waxed paper (use a sushi mat for a perfect roll), and freeze them. They'll be great with anything you grill for the rest of the season.

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added about 6 years ago

I've frozen fresh herbs in ice cube trays with water to cover. Once frozen you can keep them in freezer bags and take out as you need them.

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added about 6 years ago

Salsa verde! You're on the right track with the "paste" idea -- just grind up, add olive oil. That will do to keep in a jar till you get back, but if you want t finish it into a sauce add garlic, salt, lemon(zest), and (optional) capers. Enjoy on its own or mix into mayo -- which is another idea for the herbs (i.e. just chop and mix with mayo in a jar).

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