Learn about the different ways of preserving herbs with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
You’ve worked hard to grow the herbs in your herb garden, and you want to be able to use them year-round. Preserving herbs is easy, and there are actually a few ways you can do it. From freezing them in olive oil to drying them out, preserving herbs only takes a few steps. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you get started.
Preserving Herbs in Olive Oil
There are a few ways to preserve herbs in olive oil. The easiest way to do so is with an ice cube tray. You can leave the herbs whole, or chop them up into smaller pieces. Pack the herbs into the ice cube tray, leaving about a third of the tray well empty. Pour olive oil over the herbs, filling up the rest of the tray well. Cover the tray with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and freeze them overnight.
Once the herb blocks are completely frozen, store them in a freezer bag or freezer container. Label the bags so you know which herbs you’ve preserved. Now, anytime you want to cook with the herbs you can simply pull a cube from the freezer!
Drying herbs is another way to preserve your garden crop. Herbs such as thyme, sage and oregano can simply be air-dried. Secure the herbs in a bundle and hang them up to dry in a dark, well-ventilated room. Once the leave are dry, remove the stems and store them in an air-tight container. Mason jars work well for this–and you’ll be able to see the beautiful herbs you’ve preserved.
Some herbs with thick leaves–like basil and parsley–are better dried in a food dehydrator. Follow the instructions of your dehydrator, and store the dried herbs in a mason jar or other air-tight container.