Fresh herbs: What do I do with the extra?

I don’t know about you but when I buy fresh herbs I usually end up with way more than I can reasonably use in the few days that it stays fresh. I have tried growing my own but I seem to have the touch of death when it comes to botany (I will keep trying though as I come from a family of farmers so it’s got to be in my blood somewhere, right?). Drying it seems pointless since I have a cupboard full of dried herbs and spices so I decided to try chopping it up then freezing it.

Now, I may just be a bit slow and you all already do this but SUCCESS!

Freezing those left over herbs means I always have “fresh” herbs to hand when I want them to cook with (not so good for garnish or uncooked recipes) without the waste of having more than I need lying around in my fridge. Plus the bags are really easy to refill when you’re getting low.


I’ve also found that if you suck out as much air as possible from the bags then frost is less likely to form inside the bags.

Posted on 22/10/2014, in Hints & Tips, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. freezing is definitely a good idea but remember to keep basil away from the fridge and freezer!


  2. Great idea! I need to remember to freeze my extras before they go bad. I read once that you can chop them and freeze them for a few hours on a cookie sheet, then put them in bags so they won’t stick together.

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  3. I have been doing this too. I recently picked up some fresh herbs for 2c per punnet (who sells things for 2 cents these days?!) and froze them in snap lock bags too 🙂

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  4. I freeze my basil, too – no problems yet, thankfully! I swear, the freezer is my best friend – from herbs to bread and everything in between.


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