How to Freeze Parsley & Sage

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Fresh herbs add intense flavors and colors to cooking. Whether you get them from your own herb garden or the produce section of the supermarket, cooking with fresh herbs may make your bland foods enticingly flavorful. Cooks often use fresh parsley and sage to enhance recipes. If you desire long-term storage of these fresh herbs, freeze parsley and sage and use them directly from the freezer when you need them.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen shears
  • Colander
  • Paper towels
  • Baking sheet
  • Plastic zip-closure freezer bags
  • Permanent marker
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

Parsley

  • Wash fresh parsley in a colander under cool water. Shake off the excess water into the sink.

  • Transfer the parsley onto paper towels and gently blot the parsley dry.

  • Place the dried parsley on a cutting board. Chop the parsley finely with a knife.

  • Spread the parsley on a baking sheet in a thin, even layer.

  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the parsley for about one hour.

  • Remove the parsley from the freezer and transfer it to a plastic freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag and seal it tightly.

  • Write the date and contents on the side of the bag with a permanent marker. Freeze parsley for up to six months.

  • Use parsley directly from the bag when you need it for cooking.

Sage

  • Wash sage sprigs in a colander under cool water. Shake off the excess moisture into the sink.

  • Spread the sage sprigs out on paper towels and blot them dry gently.

  • Place the sage sprigs on a baking sheet, spacing them evenly so they do not touch.

  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the sage for about one hour, or until the sprigs feel fully frozen.

  • Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the sage to a plastic freezer bag. Fold the bag carefully to remove as much air as possible and close the bag tightly.

  • Write the contents and date on the side of the bag with a permanent marker.

  • Place the sage in the freezer. Store sage in the freezer for approximately six months.

  • Remove individual sage sprigs from the freezer as you need them. Use a whole sprig or two in your cooking. Remove the sprig immediately before serving. The sage will flavor the food while it cooks, yet the sprigs are not pleasant to eat.

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