Freezing is generally believed to be a better way to preserve the essential oil in herbs, so that you have more of their wonderful flavor and aroma.
Freezing fresh herbs is simple but unless you have a very large freezer it needs to be done in small batches. One method to strip the leaves off the stems and spread them out individually on a cookie sheet or on paper, as for the screen drying method above. This will not take long and as soon as they are frozen you can bag them and spread out the next batch to freeze.
When you thaw the herbs, they will not look like they did when fresh. This is because of the action of the water content inside the leaves as it freezes and then thaws. But don’t worry, they are still fine to use as if they were fresh.
You can also freeze them into ‘herb ice cubes’. This involves chopping them and placing them in an ice cube tray to which you then add water. Save the cubes and use them one by one in cooking.
It is also possible to freeze herbs that have already been dried. This could be good if you want to keep them for a long time, if you are having trouble getting them completely dry, or if you do not have any dry place to store them. However, it makes the work of drying them a little pointless, so this is probably best used if you have bought or been given a large quantity of dried herbs.
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