How to Harvest and Preserve Fresh Herbs

Growing herbs in your garden can be a very interesting hobby. But, you cannot harvest all of the herbs all year long. If you want to have your herbs ready for every season, you can preserve them and it is pretty easy to do.

Harvesting the Herbs

Harvesting herbs can be a little bit tricky since the herbs have their own the best time to harvest. But basically, you need to know how to harvest them. If you want to harvest your herbs, you need to cut not more than one-third part of the plant. Make sure that the remaining leaves can support the entire plant to re-grow.

However, if the herbs can grow quickly, you can harvest the entire leaves. To harvest them, you just need to cut them near the leaf-pair like when you prune the herbs. But if you want to harvest herbs with long stems, you can cut near the base of the plant.

Drying

Drying the herbs is a common method of preserving. It is pretty easy to do since you just need to cut the stems of the herbs and tie them together. Then, you need to hang them up and leave them to dry out.

However, before doing it, you need to make sure that there is no dew on the herbs since it can attract mold. After the herbs dry out completely, you can store the dry herbs in an airtight container and you will have a stock of herbs for a year!

Freezing

Drying the herbs can distort the real flavor of the herbs, but if you freeze them, you will be able to preserve the flavor. You just need to strip the leaves off the stems and them. Take a tablespoon of the chopped leaves and place them in the ice cube tray.

Fill the ice cube tray with a half full of water and place the ice cube tray in the freezer. After it is frozen on the next day, fill the tray again with water until full to make the herbs not floating.

Herb-infused Vinegar

You can also preserve the herbs with vinegar by preparing clean bottles and corks, and white vinegar. The herbs that you can preserve with vinegar are basil, thyme, tarragon, and rosemary.

You just need to fill the bottles with vinegar and add the herbs on it. Let the herbs to sit on the vinegar for 2 weeks and remove the herbs after that.

Herb Butter

Add the herbs you want into ½ cup of softened butter and mix them. Prepare a plastic wrap and add the mixture on it. Make a log shape and secure both ends of the plastic wrap by twisting them. Store the butter in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before using it.

Harvesting and preserving the fresh herbs for future use is pretty easy. You can dry the herbs or you can freeze them and you will have an endless stock of herbs. Also, you can be very crafty with the herbs you have!