The Benefits of Using Frozen Herbs in Your Cooking

Frozen herbs are a simple, delicious, and healthy way to enhance your cooking. By keeping them in your freezer, you can easily add them to your dishes whenever needed, particularly while steam-frying or sautéing veggies.

The Problem with Fresh Herbs

Often, fresh herbs go off within a few days of purchase, causing us to give up on using them in our cooking altogether. However, incorporating herbs into your meals not only provides great health benefits, but also imparts rich flavor and a delightful aroma.

How to Freeze Herbs

By using frozen herbs, you can prepare them in advance and save both money and time while maintaining a healthy kitchen. To make frozen herbs, you can use whole or roughly chopped herbs. The following herbs are suitable for freezing:

  • Green onions
  • Garlic
  • Lemongrass
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric root
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Shallot
  • Cumin seeds
  • Coriander seeds
  • Lemon zest
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Tarragon
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

Freezing Herbs in Oil

Another way to preserve herbs for future use is by freezing them in oil. To do this, put a small amount of one or a mixture of herbs into each ice cube tray. You can keep them whole or roughly chop them. Pour olive or melted coconut oil over each and freeze them overnight. Then, remove the cubes from the trays and store them in labeled bags until ready to use. These frozen herb cubes can be added to roasts, stews, soups, or vegetables.

Conclusion

You can keep and use your frozen herbs for a few months, but with this simple tip, you’ll likely use them all within a few weeks. Incorporating frozen herbs into your cooking is an easy and healthy way to add flavour and nutrition to your meals.

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