Leftover Fresh Herbs?
September 19, 2017
I have a big pot of fresh herbs growing outside, but as we get into cooler weather (hopefully soon!), those herbs just don't survive the winter...with the exception of rosemary. And if there's a specific herb I need that isn't in my garden, I buy it at the supermarket. But I rarely use all of those purchased herbs and they usually don't last more than about three days.
So, I have two methods to put those leftover herbs to good use.
Fresh-dried herbs! Pick the herb leaves off the stems and place on a paper towel. Top with another paper towel and pop in the microwave. Cook on high for one minute, check on them, and if not dried enough, continue zapping in 20-second intervals. By the way, your kitchen will smell wonderful. Open the paper towel and crumble the now-dried leaves. Let them cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a spice bottle, plastic bag, or whatever container you have to store them.
Freeze the herbs in water! Place small sprigs in an ice cube tray, cover with water and place in the freezer. When frozen, pop out the cubes and transfer to a freezer bag or container and store in the freezer. When you need fresh herbs, pop out the ice cube and let it melt. You can also chop the herbs and freeze with the same method. When ready to use, add the cube into the skillet or pan (assuming 1 tablespoon of water won't alter the dish). Also, an ice cube or two of mint is great added to a glass of water or iced tea.