My herb garden is one of my treasures. I derive such joy out of walking out onto the back porch to clip some chives or cilantro for the dinner I’ve got cooking in the kitchen. It’s so much more rewarding than opening the fridge to grab the herbs you bought at the market yesterday that have already wilted.
In the summer I usually forget that many of these luscious herbs die down in the winter and forget to harvest them. My herb garden exploded this year and I needed to cut some back so there was no way of forgetting this year!
So, let’s learn a fabulously easy way to harvest these delicious treats into easy ice cubes shall we?
Unless you want them all mixed together, separate your herbs. Wash them, pat dry with a cloth and separate the leaves from the stem (necessary for sage, oregano and thyme). Finely chop up your herbs and pack into a clean ice cube tray. Fill your ice cube tray with water (some herbs may float to the top, that’s okay) and freeze overnight. Make sure you know which herbs are in which tray. I unfortunately mixed up my cilantro and now can’t tell it apart from my parsley 🙁
Once frozen, remove from ice cube tray and store in bags. Make sure to label the bags with the herb name and the date (summer 2012!).Now through the winter you can grab one of these ice cubes and throw them into your food while you cook. The water will melt down and you’ll be left with these lovely herbs to liven up the taste of your dish!
While I was doing this I also thought you could do the same with your mint, but use them as actual ice cubes in your summer drink! I’m always looking for ways to spruce up my gin and soda.
Easy way to enjoy your garden herbs through the year eh?
So what’s your favourite herb? Do you grow it?