What to Do When Herbs Take Over Your Garden
So, I have to tell you all about my new favorite kitchen accessory. It was a gift from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. These Ball jar freezer cubes are ahhh-amazing!!!
I love the abundance of fresh herbs in my garden during the summer, but they are so hard to store throughout the winter--I'm just really bad at it. I've tried to dry herbs by putting them in my dehydrator, hanging them upside down, and laying them out to dry on screens. Let's just say none of those tactics have worked for me..but now! With these freezer cubes I can chop up my fresh herbs, blend them together, and then just freeze them with a liquid. Summer herbs all year long! I've had fun experimenting with different combinations. I've come up with a great lemonade using basil ice cubes, giving it a summery kick.
Look at that plain water just waiting to be flavored! (The strawberry was in the fridge and just felt necessary...totally unrelated.) I actually used up the cube versions I made of these and made some more in these awesome silicon heart trays, both work great. This recipe is super easy and makes staying hydrated so much more enjoyable.
I also mixed some savory herbs with olive oil so when we have guests over, or just feel like a fancy bread dip we just have to thaw the cube, top it with Parmesan cheese and we have a delicious oil dip for bread. The possibilities with these freezer cubes are endless! I also want to try a pesto with our garlic scapes.
It is such a time-saver when you're cooking dinner to just pop one of these out of the freezer and into the pan. Then you can saute chicken, pork, fish, vegetables, mushrooms...you get the picture. It would also be great for grilling. Make an aluminum foil packet for whatever you are grilling and pop one of these in it before you throw it on the grill. Bada-bing-bada-boom (who says that) you don't have to worry about seasoning it midway through cooking.
I'm sure there are a million other things to mix up too. Any blend of your favorite herbs can be chopped up and crammed into the cubes. If you don't have these silicone trays you can use regular ice cube trays. But really these are so worth purchasing because their silicone design makes it easy to pop the frozen cubes out, and it has a nice lid to keep people like me from spilling everything all over their freezer.
As soon as the cubes are frozen you can put them into a Ziploc bag in the freezer and reuse the trays to make more. That way you can have a constant supply throughout the fall and winter!