With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Harvesting and Storing Herbs

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Harvesting and Storing Herbs

It won't be long and the beautiful herbs growing in my garden will succumb to the end of the season.
Before a frost comes I gathered a bowlful so I could preserve them for flavoring meals long after I will be able to walk out the side door and snip them fresh.
In the past I dried herbs by hanging them in bunches.
This year, I thought I would try freezing them to see if they maintained more flavor.
 Oregano
 Basil washed dried and ready for freezing
 Parsley
 Chives
 Spearmint
 Bagged and ready for freezing
Sage dried and stored in a jar
 A few basil cuttings to root and grow on the window sill because there just isn't anything like fresh basil!

9 comments:

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I've never tried to freeze herbs, I'm anxious to see how successful it is. Luckily, other that the basil and mint, most over winter pretty well in Southern california. Your photos are gorgeous!

Maryann said...

I will be interested to see how the freezing does, I have never tried. I will have to try rooting a few sprigs of basil, I also love fresh basil. Have tried making pesto and freezing it in ice cube trays then popping out and keeping in a freezer bag, works well. It will be nice having all those herbs this winter

Jen said...

Thanks for this post. I will try to freeze some of my herbs. I agree nothing like fresh basil in the middle of winter!

Jeannette

Beth said...

I've never thought of freezing herbs, but it sounds like a great way to keep the flavor fresh for longer. Thanks for the inspiration!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Whenever I buy fresh herbs at the grocery store I always freeze what I don't use for future use so I'm sure this would work great. My basil is almost gone but I have to harvest some of the other herbs that are still going strong.

Ann said...

I've thought of trying to grow my own herbs but I don't have much of a green thumb.

Maggie Ann said...

I dried mine in the oven...but oh those little stick like stems on some. I crush mine together and use the blend for fish & chicken. Its rewarding to use them...in spite of too many 'sticks'.

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I didn't know basil would root in a glass of water. Definitely going to try it.

Beyond Wandering said...

I freeze dried my herbs too, and they work very well, plus retain their true green color..

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