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How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

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How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil – Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

AND! It can go from the freezer straight to the frying pan. No thawing needed!! Should I scream louder?! 

Hey YA! Happy start to the week! I hope we all have a great one! With my dad’s health issues lately, all I care about is that we (that includes YOU) have our health. That is all we need.
AND food. Good food. Err. Good FOR YOU food. Like fresh herbs! 

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

I’m going to start this post by convincing you to go to the grocery store and stock up on all the fresh herbs that you can find. Don’t worry about the dang astronomical price that is attached to them… I mean, who cares that we’re paying Gucci prices FOR GRASS! Don’t get me started. 

But yeah. Let’s not worry about that because now I’m going to show you how to preserve them herbs so they last for as long as you need, instead of them dying 3 days after purchase!! Ugh.
Like I said, don’t get me started. 

P.S. A 0.75-ounce package of basil is $4.79 at my local grocery store. IN.SANE. 

P.S.S. It doesn’t help that in mid May we’re still dealing with cold temps and lots of rain.

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

But anywho! I just wrote (typed) any hoe… thanks for catching that, auto correct!

So. Preserving herbs in olive oil is one of my favorite kitchen hacks and I am kind of excited to share this thingamajig with you.

I used to get really mad at myself every time that I forgot about the bunch of fresh herbs that suddenly decided to wilt way before I was ready to use ’em. In search of a solution to this problem – thank you, Google! – I found this very helpful piece by The Gardener’s Eden, and have been using their awesome method for the past couple of years.

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

For the reason that I very often use STAR’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my cooking, I almost always use it when I’m ready to freeze those herbs. It’s bold and it has a rich fruity olive taste that pairs very well with rosemary, basil, and thyme. I also love the 2-in-1 pour spout. It’s very convenient when you need to pour out a slower stream of olive oil over the ingredients.

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

Coming atcha like a dark horse, this magical hack is everything. Apart from the preserving deal, the cooler thing is that you can remove a piece from the freezer, throw it in the pan and bam! Like, you just killed two birds with one stone; you didn’t have to pour out the oil AND you didn’t waste any energy on chopping up that rosemary! 

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

Easy as pie, even a 3 year old can do it! My little ones love to help out with this project, which happens about once a month. I’m a food blogger, I use LOTS of oil and herbs… aaaand everything else.    

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

And just like that, you have yourself a bunch of frozen oil cubes filled with aromatic and oh so delicious rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme… I LOVES IT!

Do you have any tips about preserving herbs? I’d love to know!

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How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

Katerina | Diethood
How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil - Freezing fresh herbs in olive oil is the perfect way to preserve herbs!
5 from 2 votes
Servings : 6
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • STAR Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Herbs (basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, etc...)

Instructions
 

  • Choose firm fresh herbs.
  • You can chop up the herbs or leave them in larger sprigs and/or leaves. I always do a combination.
  • Fill the ice cube compartments about 2/3 full of herbs.
  • Pour extra-virgin olive oil, covering the herbs.
  • Top the tray with plastic wrap and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  • Remove the frozen cubes from the ice trays and store in freezer bags.
  • When ready to use, remove a cube from the bag and transfer it to a frying pan.

Notes

Rinse, clean and thoroughly dry the fresh herbs
Keep in the freezer
Use within couple of weeks

Nutrition

Net Carbs: 0 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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23 comments on “How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil”

  1. I know it’s not a herb but I have a tip with fresh ginger to save money. I’ve been doing it forever and never waste any. Buy the youngest firmest ginger when you come across it. Give it a quick wash and dry then into a bag in the freezer then whenever you need some you just grate it into your cooking peel and all (you won’t see or taste the skin plus I’m sure it will have extra nutrients like most things do under the skin) then put the rest back in the freezer! Last for ages too. I’d never store it any other way since I don’t use it all the time.

    1. I’m a fan of freezing ginger too. I chop up the ginger, place it in an ice cube tray, add a little water, then add the frozen cubes to a small container. I use the ginger in dishes, but mostly use the cubes to make a drink of ginger and honey – boil one or two cubes of ginger for 10+ minutes and add a little honey – has wonderful health benefits and tastes good too, and is a good “good night” drink.

      Thank you for the hint about freezing the ginger without chopping or grating it as sometimes I like the ginger to be more finely chopped or want to slice it into slim slices.

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    Michelle @ Blackberry Babe

    Okay, I just have to say that this is brilliant. Every time I throw away old, unused herbs that I paid an arm and a leg for, I die a bit inside. And lovely photos, as always!

  3. Great idea. Where the recipe states to use within a week, do you mean a week after it is frozen or within a week of thawing it out after it has been frozen for a certain amount of time?

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Bee! Yes, after they are frozen try to use them within about 2 weeks. And you don’t have to thaw them – just place in a frying pan and the cube will begin to melt right away over any amount of heat.

    2. I have a food saver and store them in that and they store for a year…. Take out what you need and reveal!

        1. A food saver is a vacuum pack machine that takes all the air out of the bag of food you want to save for a longer amount of time. You can search the internet for many brands!

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    Serene @ House of Yumm

    Genius!!! And I just so happen to have some rosemary I need to try this on today! Thanks for the info 🙂

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Okay, this is practically ART! So gorgeous! I’d be almost tempted to just plop those beautiful cubes straight into my mouth!

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    Laura / I Heart Naptime

    I’ve done this with pesto, but my brain just exploded – I can use it for all my herbs! I have quite the nice little thyme garden going, and I miss that fresh flavor during the colder months – but now I don’t have to!

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