How many times have you bought parsley and it eventually spoils since you only needed a little? Been there and done that. I started to grow my own but unfortunately, parsley doesn’t overwinter in my gardening zone. So, I decide to freeze the parsley so every time a recipe calls for fresh parsley, I am covered. It is so simply. Learn how you can have fresh parsley year round.
Usually around the end of October my parsley gets a good hair cut. (I am in gardening zone 6.) It normally doesn’t die until December when really cold weather sets in so I could conceivably give it another hair cut then.
***Remember, you don’t have to be a gardener to use this method. Anyone who buys fresh parsley at a farmer’s market or grocery store can use this method.***
How to Freeze Parsley
- Take two plastic freezer bags. I grab my used ones. Or you can cut the stems and create a log with one bag. I am a waste not type of girl so I create “bouquets.”
- Twist the freezer bags around the top and bottom of the bags.
- Secure the middle with a rubber band and put your bouquet in the freezer.
I normally make 2 bouquets for the winter. The rest of the parsley is dehydrated and stored in glass containers.
Any time a recipe calls for parsley, simply take out your bouquet and cut off what you need. If you want to include some of the stems, cut some from the top and some from the bottom.
Then wrap it back up and store.
It is that simple.
If you want to avoid using plastic, you can store the parsley as follows
- Add parsley to ice trays and add water. Store the ice cubes in a container.
- Pack them tightly in a glass jar. (I store my basil this way.)
- Or store it tightly in an air tight container.
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