While I love just snipping a few leaves off of my herb plants, to have fresh herbs while I’m cooking I also like being able to just grab from the fridge or freezer or pantry. There are a few different ways to store fresh herbs, and each have their own purpose and uses, each taking different methods so you can find the one that works best for you!
The best part about all of there is that they take so little effort. Let’s be real, especially if your a momma, the faster and easier something is, the more likely you are to do it. We all want to be crafty, with these 5 star meals and what not, but when it comes down to it… 3 hours making dinner, or 10 minutes making dinner and the rest of the time maybe finding a second to actually pee by yourself? I know what I pick. These 5 different ways to store fresh herbs means you are cutting off just that much more time from your busy schedule that you can use somewhere else! Plus hey, no preservatives and healthy!
Herb Butter to store fresh herbs
Have you ever been to the grocery and seen those little prepackaged meats with the herb butter included? They are generally more expensive but the great thing about them is that you can pop it all into a pan without having to add anything.
SO make your own herb butter! Freeze it, then pop out a cube when you need it and throw it into your pan. Or on top of whatever is going into the oven to save yourself time. Just chop up your delicious fresh herbs, mix it into some melted butter, pour into your ice cube tray and freeze! It’s that easy, and you are good to go for weeks!
Just like with herb butter, it saves you time with your cooking and stores your fresh herbs. Two for one! Chop your herbs up, mix into your oil and pour into ice cube trays. I wish I had more to tell you, but it’s just so incredibly easy that I don’t.
Dry – oven or air.
If you are going to dry your herbs by air in a bundle, make sure you have enough stem to be able to gentle bundle them together. Head on over to here to learn more about bundle drying! Bundle drying can take time as the air is drying your herbs, so if you want a faster process the oven is the way to go!
To oven dry your herbs, set your oven to it’s absolute lowest setting. Spread your herbs over a cookie sheet, or some sheet with space and stick them in the oven. Let them dry for a few hours, you know they are done when they are crispy not soft.
Canning to store fresh herbs for longer
Fun story, did you know you can can your herbs? You totally can! That’s a lot of can’s… Anyway, it’s easier then easy, I mean seriously. Just take your fresh herbs, pop them into a clean mason jar… close the mason jar. Done! How easy is that?
It keeps your herbs fresh for so much longer, you can just dip in and grab however much you need then return it to storage. Viola! Who doesn’t love easy solutions?
Pestos, pastes or salad dressings
I think we all know about pesto. Pesto is absolutely delicious, and I love making fresh basil pesto at home from my plants then storing it for later use. It’s a wonderful way to store basil, just be able to pop it over some chicken or pasta and have a wonderful dinner! Makes life so fast, so easy, and your dinner still tastes like you spent all day making it.
You don’t have to stick to only basil! You can experiment with whatever herbs you want, make any kind of pesto you like, one herb, two or mix them all! Whatever you’d like. Keep you eye out, I will be creating a series of trying out different kinds of pestos!
While I’m at it, you can make a mint paste, rosemary… get creative! You can also make some amazing fresh salad dressings to store for future use that is so easy to make. I’ll be making a series on some amazing salad dressings, but while you wait check out this amazing recipe for a delicious home made salad dressing.
I hope you enjoyed my 5 ways to store herbs, and I hope you found some new ideas here! If you have anymore wonderful ways to share herbs, let me know! I love trying new things.