How to Store Fresh Herbs | At Home With P. Allen Smith


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Freezing fresh herbs means you always have them on hand. Who doesn't love fresh herbs?
It makes all the difference in your cooking. I wanna show you two ways that you can preserve
fresh herbs out of your garden. And why would you do it? Well, they taste better. And also,
when you think about the cost of a bundle of herbs like this in the grocery store when
they're fresh, you can pay 4 or 5 bucks for it. This is a really easy way to save fresh
herbs for the winter as well as save you some money. Now you can apply these two techniques
to any herb you like. Today, I'm working with flat leaf Italian parsley and some sage. Okay,
let's start with the parsley: What you wanna do is bring the herb in, wash it and allow
it to dry. You can pat it dry, but let it air dry for a little while. And then just
simply take the leaves of the herb and lay them out on a cookie sheet like this. Just
spread them out evenly and do as many as you like. Now let me pull one out of the freezer
that I started about an hour ago to illustrate my point. Aha, look at this parsley: Flash
frozen right in your own kitchen. I have parsley, and here's some basil. Now all you have to
do is take the herb, put it in a freezer bag, mark it and date it, make sure there's not
much air in it, and pop it back in the freezer. Now another technique to try is to actually
freeze the herbs in ice. You can take an ice tray like this and chop up some herbs, in
this case I've used the Italian parsley, about 2 tablespoons each, and put them in the ice
tray. Simply pour the water over them like this, filling them all the way to the top.
Make sure the herbs are all pushed down. Next, all you have to do is pop them in the freezer
and let the ice freeze solid. And then store them in freezer bags like this. I already
did these, but I just wanna show you what they look like when they're finished. And
there you have it: Fresh, frozen herbs. And you can keep these all winter long. Perfect
for cooking, but especially for soups. Hey, if you're enjoying these tips on how to live
a better life, make sure you subscribe to eHow Home. Alright, back in the freezer you
go.