Freezing Herbs

My herbs needed a haircut.

So I cut back the parsley, oregano, thyme and dill and cleaned them. I removed the leaves and discarded the stems. I then threw the leaves in freezer bags and flattened the air out of the bags. I’ll store in the freezer until I’m ready to use.

I decided against drying them, because I read that freezing will hold their flavor better. When I’m ready to use, I will chop up and use as if they are fresh, following fresh measurements. 1 Tablespoon of fresh herbs = 1 tsp dried herbs.

I also froze whole parsley sprigs. I’ll use those for my homemade chicken stock that I make through out the year. Now I won’t have to buy parsley in the middle of winter.

Now I won’t have to buy any herbs in the middle of the winter, I’ll have fresh herbs right in my freezer.

How do you preserve herbs? Let us know in the comments.

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This post is linked to Garden Party Tuesday at An Oregon Cottage and Frugal Friday at Life as MOM.


  1. says

    visiting from Tuesday Garden…

    I do the same thing with herbs I grow, but I’ve never had the measurements between dried and fresh — that was really helpful! Fresh herbs (in the winter or any other time) really do perk up any recipe!

  2. says

    I am freezing dill and parsley sometimes, but after reading this article I will try to freeze other herbs as well.

  3. says

    I was just pondering freezing/drying my parsley, oregano and basil this morning as I was out in the garden with the dogs. I will definitely follow your directions and freeze some now.

    You don’t chop it first prior to freezing? Does it get mushy frozen whole and then chopping?

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  4. says

    Shirley – with the parsley, I break them up into pieces in the bag while it is still frozen. The leaves are large enough to do that and I have never had a problem. I have been freezing parsley for years. This is the first year that I have frozen the other herbs and I don’t think there will be a problem if you chop immediately after taking out of the freezer. The herbs will still be crunchy frozen, but probably not for long. You could chop before freezing, I was just being lazy. I’ll just chop what I need when I need it. Thanks for your comments.

  5. says

    This is a good reminder that I don’t have to drag the dehydrator out when I have little bits of herbs to harvest. :-) Thanks!
    An Oregon Cottage


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