Freeze Dry Herbs

By using Zipstrip Herb Stripper Zipstrip Herb Stripper can cook and weigh fresh herbs quickly without a long process of picking. Simply place the stems of rosemary, thyme and tarragon, or any other herb in one of four holes and then pull them through.

Fresh herbs add a pop to your meals. It is possible to enjoy fresh garden herbs year-round with one of a variety of simple methods. Whatever method you pick ensure that you harvest herbs just after the buds start to emerge but before they begin to open. This way you’ll receive the most potent amount of the essential oil. Morning is the ideal time to choose your herbs. This is after dawn’s dew had gone away but before the sun is too hot.

Freezing

Freezing helps preserve essential oils and these oils provide the flavor of herbs. It’s easy to freeze herbs. There’s no requirement to blanch them; simply rinse them, then remove the leaves from their stems and allow them to dry on a tray that is flat.

You can then place the leaves in a bag and then freeze the leaves. You’ll have an herb clump that can be cut into pieces and use in soups, sauces and other dishes.

You can also chill the leaves separately on an unflattened tray (like the cookie sheet) and then put it in an airtight bag. when you are ready to open the bag you are able to pick as many leaves as you’d would like.

Another option is to mix the herbs and oil to create a paste that you then put in bags, plastic containers as well as in cube tray. It is possible to freeze only one type of herb, for example, basil, or create your own blend of herbs, like oregano, thyme parsley, sage, and oregano.

Herbs to Freeze

Herbs that are marked with a symbol can be frozen on stems.

  • Basil (retains flavor, but discolors)
  • Chervil
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemon verbena
  • Lovage
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Sorrel
  • Sweet Cicely
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Herb Drying RackUse for the Herb Drying Rack to keep summer herbs in good condition.

Drying

Certain herbs, including oregano, sage , and thyme, can be dried in the air. Hang small bundles of them in a cool, well-ventilated area away from the light. After the leaves have dried removed from their stems and place them in a jar that is airtight.

If you do not reside in an extremely dry climate, plants like parsley and basil, both of with their large, succulent leaves can be dried using a dehydrator. Once dried, place the herbs in an airtight container.

Herbs to Dry the Skin

Basil

Dill

Fennel

Lovage

Mint

Oregano

Parsley

Rosemary

Sage

Savory

Geraniums with a scented scent

Tarragon

Thyme

It is the Kitchen Herb Garden is among the plans included in our no-cost Kitchen Garden Planner. Grow a garden full of delicious herbs for making pesto salsa, and pickles. They also spice up soups, sauces and salads. It includes both perennials and annuals.

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