freeze extra herbs in ice cube trays

Our basil plant has been growing all summer long and we finally decided it was time to chop most of it down. (chop? It’s not a tree, Lauren, it’s a 1 foot tall plant…) We set out to make some pesto, but then realized: we didn’t have cheese. Or pine nuts. Or any nuts. So instead, we just chopped up the basil super fine and mixed it with some olive oil.

Then we stuck it in some ice cube trays in the freezer – –

Once they were frozen, we popped them out and stuck them in another container. Whenever we’re cooking and want some “fresh” (not really fresh but better than dried store bought basil!) we can just grab one of these frozen cubes. Super fast and easy. We did that the other night with spagetti and it was wonderful!

So whenever your plant is big, do all the work at once, and then you’re set for a whole season on basil! (or whatever herbs you like! Oregano… mm. Rosemary… mmmm. You could also do this with pesto but you wouldn’t wanna freeze it with cheese already in it. Enjoy!



  1. Jess October 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

    This is SUCH a great idea!

  2. Lise November 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I have been frozing pesto with the cheese in for years with success … Maybe it’s the ratio that makes a difference?

  3. Lauren November 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Lisa that’s awesome! Maybe that’s just a myth then that you shouldn’t freeze cheese. Good to know!

  4. RoseAnne | The Health Wish December 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Yes, I started freezing basil cubes this fall. I used my first cubes a few days ago in a soup. Next year I will freeze more herbs. (Although I have cilantro growing in my mostly-unheated greenhouse and if it continues to thrive throughout the Maine winter, I will try the same thing with basil and other herbs next year).

  5. Guiseppe September 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Frozen Cheese??
    Hmmm… I am thinking it does well on frozen pizzas, so it should work well with alot of cheese.
    Now I am thinking of a pesto pizza topping! What do you think?

  6. Guiseppe September 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I buy the frozen spinach in the box for 98 cents. and partly thaw it in the microwave, then do 12 spinach ice cubes. I, being single, don’t use that much and add a few spinach cubes to my scambled eggs in morning or to my mash potatoes in evening, tis a nice little side dish to any meal.

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