Day 90 : How to preserve herbs

Preserving herbs is a great way to enjoy them all year round. Herbs provide a splendid taste to any dish. The use of herbs is widespread in any type of cuisine, be it Indian, Italian or any other. Those who have their own herb garden can stock up their produce for the winter months. Preserving these tasty little herbs helps you to make your cooking yummy and luscious all through the year.

Basically there are two ways of preserving herbs. They are drying and freezing.

Drying – The herbs are dried well and stored in an air tight container. Since the moisture from the leaves is taken away, the herbs stay fresh for use any time of the year. All you have to do is wash the herbs well. Pat dry with a paper towel or a clean cloth. Leave to dry overnight in a well ventilated area. Store in ziplock bags ensuring that there is no air. A simple way to do that is seal the ziplock bag leaving only an inch open. Insert a straw and suck out the air. Seal the remaining. Alternatively you can also store them in air tight containers.

Freezing – Freezing herbs helps to preserve their oils. This retains its flavour thus enhancing its use in cooking. Wash and let dry the leaves. Put it in a plastic bag and freeze. Another way is to freeze them by blending it with oil, mainly olive oil. Freeze in an ice cube tray. Whenever you require to use them just toss in those cubes. You can also store the chopped leaves in an ice cube tray loaded with broth.

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