Obviously, nothing tastes as good as fresh herbs, but I don’t always have in hand fresh parsley and to be honest, dried parsley it’s not really my thing, I can see it in my food but can’t really taste it. So since we made it clear that the best herbs are the fresh ones, on the bottom of my list are the dried ones, so, there must be something in the middle, right?
I know it might sound odd the idea of never running out of parsley, unfortunately for you and me I don’t actually have some magic seeds to grow an endless supply of parsley, but, I have a little trick that might help.
Today I’m going to walk you to all the steps that I do when I want to store herbs in my freezer.
- First of all, let’s talk about the way you wash herbs/fruits/vegetables. I used to just rinse them a little bit and think that’s it’s more thank ok. Everything ok until I bought some apples covered in wax and even if I tried washing them over and over again it still wasn’t enough for me. Of course, I search “how to wash fruits” on almighty Google and found out that the best way is using baking soda. So, get out your baking soda!
- Put the parsley in a bowl filled with water and add a tablespoon of baking soda. Let it sit for about 15 minutes or even longer. This is the natural and easy way to get your parsley sparkling clean. Try doing this with all your vegetables to see how much dirt there is on everything you buy from the store. For me, the most shocking was when I did this with apples.
- Take the parsley and rinse it very well. After that, cut the stems, it helps the parsley to get the water that it needs and “rise”.
- Put the parsley in a glass filled the water and let it sit until dry. Usually, it takes 1-2 hours. I sometimes leave it until the next day.
Why do you need to dry your parsley after washing it? Well… if your parsley is wet, if you chop it and freeze it when it’s still wet, the chances are very big after freezing to see that you actually don’t have nice chopped parsley, but a block of parsley that you’ll have to grate it before putting it in your food.
So, I’ve made these pictures just to show you how much of a difference it can make if you put your parsley in a glass filled with water after washing it. The next day the parsley had such a good looking aspect like it was freshly picked from the garden. Obviously you can do the same thing, and let it sit on your counter for up to 3 days, but keep in mind that you have to change the water daily!
In the end, after all these easy steps that I’ve mentioned to you, all you have to do is chop chop chop the parsley as you like it. Transfer it in a container and freeze it! The beauty of freezing the parsley is that it doesn’t change the color and it has pretty much the same test as fresh parsley.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trick of mine and please give it a try!
Have a wonderful day!