Home Cooking


Freezing Basil (or any herb) 3-methods (or more)?


Live your best food life.

Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts.
Sign Up For Free
Home Cooking 17

Freezing Basil (or any herb) 3-methods (or more)?

Rocky Road | Jul 12, 2009 05:07 PM

Hi All,

I've got a bunch of basil. I normally cook for one or two people and a lot of times I find my fresh herbs go bad because I just can't get them all in a dish in time. I've been researching ways to try to freeze them to save for later. I've seen three methods (but maybe there are more?):

---Put in ice cube trays with water & cover & freeze
---Put in any container with oil & cover & freeze
---Put the leaves in a jar (no water, no oil) & cover & freeze

If possible, I'm looking for the best way that they would retain as much of their original texture and taste as possible. I understand that there may be no way to preserve them for...let's say a salad, but for cooking maybe?

Interested in other herbs too, not just basil, and your experiences.

I've got a couple of ice cube trays with lids and canning jars, so I'll do the experimenting but would like to limit the waste if I can get the best method right away.


Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound