Friday, December 2, 2011
Categories: hints and tricks
This really doesn’t even deserve it’s own post - but it is such a time saver, I had to share it. When cooking for one, keeping fresh herbs on hand is always a losing battle. More often than not - I end up throwing them out after using just a fraction of what I had to buy. Freezing them is a great alternative.
I’ve seen this idea off and on for years on blogs, and I thought it made sense. But until I actually tried it, I couldn’t really appreciate what a time saver it is.
I love fresh cilantro, and usually have a mason jar with about 1” of standing water in it that does a fairly decent job of keeping it fresh as long as possible in the refrigerator. But inevitably, when I finally get around to using it - it’s always slimy and discolored. For all my good intentions, I still have to make a trip the the store to pick up that ONE item.
Cilantro (and other herbs such as parsley, etc...) are a pain to finely chop. So I decided to use my blender to do that unpleasant task. The worst part was pulling off just the leaves (without the stems attached). Once in the blender, the rest was a cinch.
I use this method for chopping large quantities of onion and other vegetables that I need in a hurry. Just use extra care not to over-pulse the blender, or you will end up with the beginnings of a green smoothie.
Once poured into a strainer and drained - it was so easy to put a spoonful of chopped cilantro in each cavity of a cheap-o ice cube tray.
Pour cold water over the top of each cube, and freeze till solid. Remove from ice cube trays and place in zip-loc bag in the freezer.
My favorite part is adding it in - without any chopping!
For simple directions on how to put together this handy convenience item - go to: