How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

by Tonya Staab
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Did you plant fresh herbs and need to prepare for winter? Or, did you buy fresh herbs from the store and can’t use them all? Here is how to freeze them.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.

In November I bought a ton of herbs in pots. I then went to Australia for a month and had forgotten to plant them so the pots sat by my front gate, just within reach of the sprinklers. I returned home and still forgot to plant them. Every day as I walk up to my front door I would see those pots sitting there and the herbs were slowly dying.

It’s now been 5 months since I purchased those herbs. The only thing still thriving is the rosemary. I realized I was never going to get around to planting them, so I decided not to let them die like the rest of the herbs and I would freeze what was still there.

fresh rosemary frozen in ice cube trays with olive oil

Freezing herbs is actually quite simple to do and the perfect way to store leftover herbs that you’ve purchased. I used to freeze them in water, but then realized I could really only use those in soups or stews. However by freezing them in olive oil, you can throw them straight into the pan for cooking meats, vegetables, or making a stir-fry.

What you need

How to freeze herbs

I clipped the rosemary straight out of my pots.

rosemary growing in a backyard

It smells absolutely divine.

a bottle of Pompeian olive oil and a bunch of fresh rosemary

Simply remove the leaves from the stems and pack into the ice cube tray and then pour olive oil over the top, leaving a little room for it to expand as it freezes.

fresh rosemary in an ice cube tray
fresh rosemary and olive oil in a white ice cube tray

Place in the freezer overnight and then transfer to a freezer bag or freezer container for storage.

ice cubes of olive oil and fresh rosemary

Pompeian Varietals Picholine is a medium-bodied extra virgin olive oil with a green fruitiness, hints of herbs and a pleasing balance of bitterness, great for meats and sauces which makes it a great oil to freeze especially if you plan on grilling meats and vegetables.

You can view the full line of the new Pompeian Varietals Collection on their website.

3 flavors of Pompeian olive oil

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1 comment

Bill Rabourn April 3, 2014 - 11:07 am

I once told a chef about this and she said it wouldn’t work… Go figure


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