How to Freeze Fresh Parsley

by Sommer Leigh

Fresh parsley on a wicker tray.

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Freeze fresh parsley straight from your garden to enjoy this peppery-tasting herb all year long. You can harvest it at the end of the season and stick it in your freezer to pull out for any of your cooked dishes calling for fresh parsley. It won't hold up well for fresh dishes, but you won't notice the difference in your cooked recipes. Prepare the herb for freezing and keep it stored tightly closed to lock in that fresh flavor for months to come.

Wash off the parsley under cool running water to remove any dirt or other residue.

Allow the parsley to rest in a colander to dry.

Place the parsley on a cutting board once dry.

Chop the parsley leaves into small pieces with a clean, sharp knife.

Place the parsley pieces into a resealable freezer bag or pack into a ice-cube tray.

Put the freezer bag or ice-cube tray in the freezer.

Remove the ice-cube tray from the freezer after the parsley is frozen.

Transfer the parsley cubes to a resealable freezer bag.

Take a cube out of the bag as you need it for your cooked dishes. If you freeze the parsley directly in the bag, snap off a piece of chopped parsley for your dishes.

Tips

  • Spray the ice-cube trays with a nonstick spray to prevent the herbs from sticking.

    Add a little water or stock to cover the herbs when freezing them; this makes it easier for the herbs to freeze in a solid cube and you can use the liquid in any dish.

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About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.