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Herb Flavor Bombs

April 4, 2022 | Author: Ashley McCrary

Keep fresh herbs from spoiling with this easy hack. In just a few steps you’ll have frozen flavor bombs for all your favorite recipes!

A quick & easy hack to save fresh herbs from going bad. Use this genius herb freezing method to flavor-pack your favorite recipes and eliminate food waste! These flavor bombs are perfect for soups, sauces, casseroles & more!

a white bowl full of flavor bomb cubes on a white platter with sprigs of fresh herbs

What Makes This Recipe Work

We’ve all been here before. There are a ton of fresh herbs in your refrigerator waiting to be used, but you ran out of time and don’t want to see them go to waste! You may have even googled “freezing basil” or “how to preserve fresh herbs” because you can’t bear to see these precious plants go to waste!

Well, you’re in the right spot! This simple hack will take your wilting rosemary, thyme, basil, and more from going bad to new life in no time! With simple, easy steps, and ingredients & equipment you already have on hand, say hello to your new favorite food-waste-eliminating trick!

a white iced cube tray next to fresh herbs and olive oil on a white background

How to Make Herb Flavor Bombs

Ingredient & Equipment Notes

Fresh Herbs: Choose whatever you have on hand that’s on its way out of peak freshness. This method will work will any fresh herbs you want to preserve.

Olive Oil: Use your favorite olive oil, whether it’s light or extra virgin- anything you have on hand is good to use!

Minced Garlic: Mince up garlic cloves, or use the jar of minced garlic from the fridge.

Ice Cube Tray: You can use any ice cube stray you have for this hack. You’ll be transferring the frozen cubes to a freezer-safe storage bag, so don’t worry about this ice cube tray being used for long.

Easy Step by Step

  1. Fill each cube halfway with chopped herbs of choice. Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic over the top then fill with olive oil. Make sure not to get it too full or it will be hard to transfer.
  2. Place the ice cube tray on a baking sheet and place it in the freezer overnight. 
  3. Once frozen, remove each cube from the tray and store it in the freezer in a stasher bag.
a white ice cube tray filled with fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil with sprigs of fresh herbs on a white background

How to Use this Recipe

These flavor bombs are easy to use whenever you need to spice up a meal! Packed with flavor, just throw one into the pan, add your recipe ingredients, and enjoy!

Have you thought of another way to use these herb flavor bombs? Let me know in the comments!

Mac’s Pro Tips

Freezing Dill: Freezing dill is super easy! The same steps above apply, however, if you plan to use dill for future recipes like ranch dressing, you might want to use light olive oil that has a milder taste. You can also use refined Coconut oil (no taste) or Avocado Oil, which also is milder. Skip the minced garlic if preferred.

Freezing Basil: I have a feeling that freezing basil is going to be what most of these herb bombs are made from. How to preserve fresh basil is on everyone’s minds, because basil plants are cheap and Trader Joe’s makes them look so cute and easy to keep! If your basil is out of control, or just on its way out, freezing it is a great idea! Throw it in your tomato sauce for delicious marinara!

Can you freeze Parsley? Yes! While you might be used to seeing parsley as a garnish, it’s actually the perfect herb to use in Mediterranean dishes, sauces, and dressings!

Can you freeze Chives? Yes! If you want to freeze chives, like dill, it might be best to use a lighter oil to keep the taste profile mild. Avocado oil or light olive oil are excellent choices!

Freezing Rosemary: If you’re freezing rosemary, there’s a good chance you’re also going to be using sage and/or thyme for the recipe as well. If you have these herbs on hand, feel free to freeze them together to make a delicious flavor blend with the minced garlic!

an herb flavor bomb melting in a white skillet

FAQs

Herb Flavor Bombs: FAQs

Can I use avocado oil instead of olive oil?

Absolutely! Whatever oil you prefer will work just fine. Even coconut oil will work. Just make sure you understand the various flavor profiles of the oils before you use them in your flavor bombs so you know how they will work with the recipes you want to make! Refined coconut oil has no coconut flavor, and both light olive oil and avocado oil are milder in flavor. Extra virgin olive oil has the strongest flavor and would work great in sauces.

How long will these herb flavor bombs last in the freezer?

The freezer extends the shelf life of these flavor bombs for so long! Once they’re frozen, you have 4-6 months to use them in your recipes.

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a white bowl full of flavor bomb cubes on a white platter with sprigs of fresh herbs

Herb Flavor Bombs

A quick & easy hack to save fresh herbs from going bad! Use this genius herb freezing method to flavor-pack your favorite recipes and eliminate food waste! These flavor bombs are perfect for soups, sauces, casseroles & more!

Ingredients

  • Ice cube tray
  • Fresh herbs of choice, chopped
  • Olive oil or Light Olive Oil
  • Minced garlic (1 teaspoon per ice cube tray)

Instructions

  1. Fill each cube halfway with chopped herbs of choice. Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic over the top then fill with olive oil. Make sure not to get it too full or it will be hard to transfer.
  2. Place the ice cube tray on a baking sheet and place it in the freezer overnight. 
  3. Once frozen, remove each cube from the tray and store it in the freezer in a stasher bag. Use whenever you are needing flavor to soups, casseroles, omelets and so much more.

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!