I love cooking with herbs, especially fresh herbs. When I can’t use all the herbs I’ve bought or harvested right away, I like to freeze dry them. That way I can pull them out of the freezer and they’ll be fresh whenever I want to cook with them, and nothing goes to waste.
A friend’s mom recommended this method to me, and when I tried it I couldn’t believe how easy and effective it is. It was a real where’s this been all my life moment, and it makes cooking with herbs easy and accessible. So here’s how: 1) Wash/rinse them and let them air dry. Pressing on them with paper towels can make them lose flavor. 2) Cut them up to cooking size. I like to do this with scissors, but a knife works too. 3) Place them in a thin layer on a cookie sheet lined with a mat or parchment or waxed paper. 4) Freeze for 30 minutes – 1 hr. Try not to let them go longer than that to avoid freezer burn. 5) Carefully lift up the mat or paper and use it to tilt them into a lidded, freezer-safe container. Store the herbs in the freezer and add them to your recipes while frozen. They thaw right out in no time. And now you have delicious freeze dried herbs, and you can get cooking with herbs whenever you like! As long as they’re stored in a sturdy, secure container they should taste fresh for about 6 months.