Freeze drying herbs

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Freeze drying herbs
« on: May 07, 2009, 22:12 »
How do you go about freeze drying herbs?  Is it just pick em and stick em in an airtight freezer bag or much more complicated?
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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009, 22:19 »
That's all i ever do with mine when you take them out if you're quick you can crumble them while they're still frozen. Otherwise you're chopping a soggy mess :(
I think the ones you buy freeze dried are a completely different process and wouldn't know where to start :unsure:
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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009, 22:43 »
thats how i do mine too mos - also with chilis, when thye are reduced in the supermarket, freeze em whole for another time
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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 22:50 »
I haven't actually got around to growing any herbs yet... :blush: but I buy fresh from the supermarket and stick 'em straight in the freezer - basil, coriander, parsley...as MOS said, you don't even have to chop - just crush them up in your hands or in the bag and chuck 'em in whatever it is your cooking - its a great way to use them I think  :)
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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2009, 13:45 »
If you are worried about just sticking them straight in the freezer, try chopping them up and adding them to ice cube trays with a bit of water.  Then you can just pop and add to soups, stews, etc whenever you need one  :)
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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2009, 14:26 »
I just use straight from frozen (crumble if a small amount, chop bits off a bunch if a large amount).  It's not the same texture as either fresh or dried but the taste is more like the fresh leaf than the dried.

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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2009, 19:31 »
Very helpful, thanks all

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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2009, 22:16 »
I just use straight from frozen (crumble if a small amount, chop bits off a bunch if a large amount).  It's not the same texture as either fresh or dried but the taste is more like the fresh leaf than the dried.

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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2009, 15:24 »
That's all i ever do with mine when you take them out if you're quick you can crumble them while they're still frozen. Otherwise you're chopping a soggy mess :(
I think the ones you buy freeze dried are a completely different process and wouldn't know where to start :unsure:
Yes its a very different process and usually involves blasting them with freezing air (or so I'm led to believe). Think you need lots of expensive equipment to do it.....   I'd stick to a quick crumble  ::)

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Re: Freeze drying herbs
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009, 01:23 »
I was going to stick mine in small amounts in ice cube trays with water... sort of frozen cubed herbs.

As suggested by alwayshopeful.



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