Having your own herb garden at home is a great way to have fresh flavorings for your meals that will cost less, and are amazingly easy to take care of. Most herbs just need sunlight and a little water every day, and a little trimming here and there. It is also a great learning experience if you have children. Check Out This Easy Tutorial From gourmetspot.com On Getting Your Garden Started! Knowing how to preserve them is key, and here are a couple of great ideas for you to work with!
Drying Your Herbs
When you clip off the herbs you would like to dry, try to keep them as whole as possible, whether they be whole leaves, or an entire sprig. Hang them upside down in a dark, dry place such as the pantry. We like using a coat hanger with clothespins to make it easy to take down when they are ready. Depending on the overall humidity of your area, it will take about 1-2 weeks to dry completely. Then simply crush the herbs or leave whole, and place in an airtight container and use as needed. They will typically keep for 3-6 months.
Preserving Herbs In Ice Cube Trays
If you would like to preserve them without drying, try putting the herbs in ice cube trays after clipping, and fill with whatever liquid you would like. Our favorite is olive oil, pictured above. You can also use water, melted butter, or chicken stock. When you are cooking, simply pop out a frozen cube or two and add to your recipe as you are cooking! The cubes will keep for roughly 3-6 months.