Monday, May 2, 2011

Save Money by Freezing Your Own Herbs


It's that time again when things are blooming and we can start growing wonderful herbs and great plants outside.  I can't tell you how painful it is for me in to go into the grocery store in the winter and have to buy basil and other fresh herbs.  I have been talking about drying and freezing my own herbs for a while now.  I was shopping at Fresh and Easy and just happened to see this little ice cube tray that has silicone bottoms that you can push the frozen ice out with.  I did a double take at that thing, and grabbed it.  "It is going to be perfect for freezing my herbs" I told my self.  So today was the big day to test it out.  I am very happy to say I really liked it and the herbs are perfectly frozen in little cubes now.  I think I am going to have fun doing lots of these little herb cubes this year. 

 If you have a herb garden at home and want to freeze your herbs follow these easy steps. 

Find a ice cube tray preferably something that is silicone so you can easily release the cubes instead of smashing them.



Prepare and clean your herbs.  Chop the herbs up how you like them and place a teaspoon or so into the bottom of each cube and add a small amount of good water to each.  Fill them just to the top of the herbs.
Freeze for two hours.  Add a tiny bit more water on tops of the herbs to make sure that any leaf that may have floated to the top will now be completely covered up.  After they are frozen solid "pop" them out of the ice cube tray and store in a glass jar or baggie in your freezer.  They last up to 7 months!

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