How to Freeze Fresh Garden Herbs for the Winter Months

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When I first started growing my herb garden, I knew I would be using the fresh herbs for meals throughout the summer. What I hadn’t realized is how big all of the herbs would grow. So big that I have more than I could ever use before the snow comes. While I do plan to dry and bottle many of the herbs, I also want to have a fresh form of them available for my winter dishes.

Raised Bed Herb Garden

One easy way to preserve fresh herbs is to freeze them. All you need to do is pick a few healthy leaves and grab an ice cube tray.

Fresh Peppermint

Put one or two leaves in each tray and fill 3/4 of the way with water and freeze. For stubborn hers that float to the top, you can add a bit more water and refreeze so they’re completely covered.

Fresh Peppermint Leaves Ice Cube Tray

Store the frozen herb cubes in a freezer safe plastic bag. Now you can pull a few cubes out to toss right in soups, stews or even tea. I froze some of my peppermint leaves to drop in hot tea this winter.

Frozen Mint Herb Ice Cubes

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  1. Love the idea! Mint tea sounds good for those cold days!

  2. What a great idea. I would have never thought to freeze fresh herbs.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is great! :] thank you for the tips!

  4. You take such wonderful photos, and I never would have considered doing that.

  5. What a great idea! I bet that frozen mint would be great in Mojitos too.

  6. I just did this an hour ago with herbs from a friend’s garden! :)

  7. Great idea :) I’ll have to do this too!

  8. that is a genius idea! I should have done this before my cilantro bolted, then I’d have fresh cilantro after my tomatoes were done growing LOL

    • Oh I know Annie, mine bolted pretty quickly too. I’ll be keeping it in pots out of direct sun next year.

      • C. Vest says:

        Grow Celantro in the fall or early winter. Hot weather causes it to bolt.

  9. MichelleS says:

    I have to say I’ve never heard of this before, however I am *skeptic* about the flavor being lost.

    • I’ve had some in the freezer for about a month now and used them the other day, still tasting nice and fresh. Give it a try. :)

  10. This is such a great idea! We have always dried our herbs and stored them in older spice jars, but I love how these herbs are kept green and verdant. what a wonderful tip!

  11. Tamara B. says:

    I am so happy you posted this because I was scared to start a herb garden but was but didn’t know how to store the herbs. I didn’t wan’t to dry them and didn’t want to throw them away either. Thank-you so much for posting this!

    • oh don’t be scared, an herb garden is awesome! Plus if have too many left over at the end of the season, share with neighbors. :)

  12. Tamara B. says:

    How do I freeze basil, thank-you for you help : )

  13. What a smart idea! Now if I just had a bigger freezer to freeze all the stuff that I’d like to for the winter months…

  14. Wow, this is so so so clever. good herbs are rare to find during the winter and can get fairly price. My family loves eating spring rolls and putting basil and mint on everything. I wonder if I could put more herbs per tray. :) I love the smell of all the fresh herb in the summer, its so zen and relaxing :)

  15. I’ve done this with basil. You could even drop your peppermint ice into your iced tea.

  16. Just Coupons says:

    Great idea, super creative! A great way to preserve your herbs.

  17. LOVE this idea!! This is my first year planting herbs and I’m finding the plants grow quicker than I can pick them. Thanks!

  18. Sarah L says:

    Good demonstration of the technique. You can also roughly chop the herbs before you ice them. You can freeze me with just a bit of water since the chopped leaves like to float more, then fill the tray up.

  19. Love this idea, Cat! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Linda Hall says:

    Love the directions for freezing herbs!

  21. Madhuvanti says:

    this is a nice idea…a very good article as can now store herbs for summer where it is not easily available and not fresh here in india.

  22. Susan Audrey says:

    What a simple and useful idea! They look so fresh and green, too. Makes me want to start planning for next year’s summer bounty! Thanks for sharing this tip.

  23. kasey says:

    Um, this is an amazing idea – I am definitely using it next year (unfortunately nothing left to freeze this year)

  24. Tracy Houser says:

    I thought you couldn’t do anything like this with herbs, but I’ll have to try it!