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How to Store and Preserve Herb Cuttings [video]

August 9th, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Fresh herbs can transform meal time so it is always worth giving over a little space in your plot or indoors on your windowsill to grow some herbs. Some varieties can be cut throughout the year, but others grow seasonally and so to get an all year round herb supply for the kitchen you will need to cut and store them before they die back.  This video will offer you methods on how to preserve and store your homegrown herbs for use through the winter months. 

homegrown basil plant

  • Air drying is the easiest method of preserving herbs, gather branches of herbs into loose bunches and then hang upside down in a warm, dry ventilated place. These should be fully tried within two – three days.
  • Microwave drying is a speedier method than air drying.  For this technique, spread out leaves onto a paper towel and then cover over with a second paper towel. Put these into the microwave for 1-3 mins, checking leaves every 20 secs. Allow them to cool before storing them.
  • Some herbs can be successfully frozen to preserve them. Blanch them in boiling water before placing them in ice cold water to ensure that they do not cook any further. Pat them dry and pack them into labelled freezer bags. You can also use ice cube trays to create useful sized herb parcels when you need to defrost them for meals.
  • Creating herb butters is a great way of storing herbs.  Leave the butter at room temperature to soften it, chop up your favourite herbs and mash it thoroughly into the butter with the back of a fork. Pack the butter mixture into grease-proof paper and twist the ends.
  • Store dried leaves whole, this will retain their flavour. Place them in an airtight jar and label with the date and specific herb. Store the jar in a cool, dry place where they should keep for up to a year.
  • Preserve herbs in vinegars and oils to lock in that flavour.  This video posted last week shows you how.

These are just a few ideas of preserving your homegrown herb cuttings throughout the year, enjoying all that flavour as the days get colder. You can find more tips in the video below and if you have any of your own, be sure to share them with us.

How to Store and Preserve Herb Cuttings