Preparing Herbs for Future Use

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First of all, let me start off by saying that I am new to gardening. My success has been short lived, but still celebrating the success! My herbs and plants haven’t died so that’s two green thumbs up for me! πŸ˜‰

I decided to start small by growing herbs indoors. This process has been fairly easy and honestly quite therapeutic. I placed my indoor herb garden over the kitchen sink, since that is where they would receive the most natural light.

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I started my herb garden with purple basil, sweet basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, thyme, oregano, and dill. I love the aroma every time I walk into the kitchen!

I’ve been waiting weeks and it was finally time to start harvesting my herbs! I have been trying to decide the best way to keep my herbs once they are harvested. And I finally decided on freezing them. This method excites me because I preserved all the herbs except for mint, in olive oil. I placed the chopped mint in water.

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For this method, I chopped all the herbs. Then I placed them evenly in ice cube trays. Here is a similar ice cube tray to the one I used. OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray with Silicone Lid, 8.8 oz., White/Blue

I poured water into the mint, and olive oil into the rest of the herbs. I froze them for 24 hours. Then I popped them out of the ice cube tray and placed them in a freezer bag for later.

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The thing I love love love about this idea is that when I’m cooking I can grab one of the savory herbs in olive oil and simmer it in a skillet. I plan to use the frozen mint cubes for my water and smoothies.

So easy to do and I am so excited to get cooking with these herbs that I grew myself. It may seem like a small thing to some of y’all, but I am thrilled! πŸ™‚

Next time I harvest my herbs I want to try drying them out. Stay tuned for that adventure. πŸ˜‰

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