Savoring Summer’s Harvest: How to Freeze Herbs

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Paula learned a new cooking trick we thought we would share! With the test kitchen summer herb garden growing in full force, Paula decided she would freeze some of her herbs this year to savor them all year long.

The results are these neat herb olive oil cubes. Wondering how we’ve been using them? Well just throw one into a hot skillet and let the cube melt. While the oil warms, the herbs infuse the oil leaving a delicious fresh flavor.

We’ve had good results making a simple summery sauce by combining halved cherry tomatoes with the hot herb oil in a skillet, stirring together over medium heat until saucy, then tossing through with spaghetti. We’re licking our lips just thinking about it!

Follow our how-to and make your own!

imageStep 1: Gather your materials. For this project you’ll need a mess of fresh herbs (we used a combination of rosemary, tarragon, thyme, sage, and parsley), olive oil, and an ice cube tray.
imageStep 2: Roughly chop the herbs.

imageStep 3: Fill each ice cube compartment halfway with herbs.

imageStep 4: Cover the herbs with olive oil.

image Step 5: Freeze until solid, then remove the cubes from the ice cube tray, and place in dated freezer bags and place back into the freezer until ready to use.

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I have basil, cilantro,chives,rosemary. What do you think that would taste like putting it together with olive oil and freezing it in cubes? Would it be best on what type of meat or pasta?

By Cathie j on August 05, 2014

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What an amazing idea!! I may try to do the same thing with dill and butter which would maybe go on salmon or other fish. Thanks!!! Sheila

By sheilahuntress on July 26, 2014

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I loved the idea of freezing herbs, when I make salsa I always have too much cilantro left and I hate to throw it out.

By Kathy Failla on July 19, 2014

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Why post when we see no responses? Do you respond to peoples questions via email? If so, I would like to know approx. how long you can retain these in freezer. thank you!

By Joy on April 17, 2014

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Paula, Would like to see more canning books and sewing books from you. My daughter and I are canning, freezing and drying more foods for the long haul. With prices going up on grocery items she needs to know how, I am passing along what I was shown by my grandma. I am also showing her how to sew and patch, no more toss away items, we give or donate items now. The grand kids are catching on.

By margie on March 29, 2014

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why Olive OIL?

By Anonymous on October 04, 2013

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I have always loved your recipes and your family. I can't buy anything but I am behind you in anything and everything you do. I did buy a pair of your eyeglass frames last year at walmart for my glasses I wear. Thanks for everything you have done and will do. You have beautiful kids and beautiful and adorable grandkids.

By marilyn on September 30, 2013

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I miss your show so much.It was following a beloved family member.I hope to see you again soon.

By cAnnie Boulanger on September 22, 2013

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Love all things Paula Deen!

By Anonymous on September 15, 2013

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WOULD LOVE GETTING YOUR RECIPES AND UUP DATE WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE YOUR COME BACK . I HAVE ORDERED YOUR BOOKS FOR YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO . I LOVE YOU AND STAND BY YOU ALL THE WAY YOU ARE GREAT

By TAMMY MAINE on September 15, 2013

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Love this idea. I still have a mess of herbs still growing,( my fav. being lemon thyme) and I cant wait to start this lil' project. Thank you so much for a great idea.

By Katrina Jett on September 13, 2013

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I really would Paula would start a new network cooking show or chanel I miss watching her shows. Her shows were the backbone of my viewing and new ideas. Miss you Paula Love, Barbara

By barbara stahn on September 13, 2013

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Can you do this with basil?

By Anonymous on September 13, 2013

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Thank you so much for the idea for freezing herbs. Have a beautiful Basil bush and it really needs to have something done with it.

By bfulton on September 12, 2013

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Great tip Paula Thank You!!

By Linda Brown on September 12, 2013

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Wonderful idea. Thank you.

By Madeleine de Felice on September 12, 2013

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Thanks so much Paula love this...smile

By Yvonne Emmerson on September 12, 2013

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I love Paula Deen! Keep Sharing!

By Rita st. John on September 12, 2013

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That`s a great idea, Paula, thanks a bunch!

By maxinemary on September 12, 2013

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Great idea! I will try it soon!

By Arlene Andre on September 12, 2013

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