Freeze Drying Herbs

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Holiday recipes inevitably require 1 tablespoon of an herb, but you have to buy a whole stem (or plant!) from the store. That leaves us wondering what to do with all that expensive sage and basil before it turns brown and mushy.

If you have a home freeze dryer, it’s no problem! You can freeze dry all herbs, and you can even freeze dry different herbs in one batch or with other foods. Freeze dried herbs retain all of their flavor and will keep for years, just like they were fresh, if packaged properly. If you’re using herbs from the market this year, freeze dry the extras with your feast leftovers. If you don’t already have an herb garden planned for next year, take note of what you’re using throughout the Fall and Winter and be sure to plant plenty for freeze-drying next Summer!

By | 2017-10-19T02:59:18+00:00 November 30th, 2015|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Tell Burke December 8, 2015 at 12:27 am - Reply

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  2. Joe Okos December 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I would have “grandma” sneak out to give Santa a kiss…pinch his butt and “it keeps things that fresh”.

  3. Dave September 30, 2016 at 5:46 am - Reply

    How much herb in weight will the machine freeze dry in one cycle?

    • Stephanie Barlow September 30, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

      We don’t have a weight measurement on herbs. You could definitely put as much as you could on all four trays — keeping it about the height of the tray or a little higher. Herbs freeze dry fast as there isn’t a lot of water.

  4. Rebecca February 16, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Would it be better to chop herbs before or after freeze drying? Thanks!

    • Glenda April 15, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

      I would suspect you should leave them as whole as possible until you are ready to use them. Everything I have read they are more likely to lose their flavors and oils if they are chopped up at storage time when drying the old fashioned way.

  5. Laura August 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Two questions, do you freeze dry the stems and all? Who here has actually freeze dried herbs and what was your method?

  6. Judy Messner August 11, 2017 at 4:55 am - Reply

    I would also like to know if anyone has freeze dried herbs?
    Thanks,

  7. Steve Price August 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Anyone have experience freeze drying garlic? Best minced, halfed or whole? Thanks

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