I love using fresh herbs in my recipes. But sometimes it’s just not easy or practical to have them on hand when you want them. I use cilantro, garlic and basil a lot for salsa, homemade pizza and pastas. So to be able to quickly grab fresh herbs when I want them I freeze fresh herbs in olive oil.
Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil
Let me share with you how I do it.
Chop up your fresh herbs. I went with basil, garlic and cilantro… ones I use all the time!
Fill your ice cube trays with your fresh, chopped herbs. Place about 1 tablespoon in each ice cube tray section.
Add your favorite olive oil, filling to almost the top of each section.
Gently press the herbs into each section.
Once filled, place your ice cube tray into the freezer. The fresh herbs will freeze up in about 4-6 hours.
Once frozen you can pop out your frozen fresh herbs.
Perfect to grab out of your freezer and pop into your next recipe.
I pop mine out and then store them in a freezer safe bag in the freezer until I need them.
It is so handy to have your herbs ready. I can chop up a few bunches at a time and then freeze and have them ready for when I need one for a dinner recipe.
I love having fresh herbs in my home too. Like my idea below… but certain times of the year they don’t grow as much and having some in the freezer is a huge time saver.