I love cooking with herbs, as you know if you follow this blog regularly. I especially like using fresh herbs, and it is extremely satisfying to pick them right from my own garden. But if you've looked at my other blog, Thyme for Herbs, you can a get a sense of what kind of weather we're having here in Michigan. It's definitely no time for picking herbs. Normally, the next best thing is using herbs that I have dried myself, and then the last choice is dried herbs from a commercial source.
But I've been introduced to something new -- Fresh frozen herbs by Daregal. It's the best thing I've come across in a long time! Easy and fun to use, with no additives.
The herbs are cut at their peak, chopped, and quickly frozen. They arrive packed in dry ice soon after they have been packaged. Then all you do is keep them frozen until you're ready to use a particular herb, give the container a quick shake to loosen, and shake out on your salad, casserole, or any dish you are making. Put the container right back in the freezer as soon as possible so the herbs remain fresh.
Here is a photo of the meatballs mixture I made for my Christmas Eve gathering.
You can see the fresh herbs I have sprinkled in the meat mix.
I made about 3 pounds of meatballs, so I used about 1/8 to 1/4 quarter of this container. There's plenty left to freeze for another time.
And now the meatballs are ready for the broiler before going in the crockpot with the sauce, just enough to warm them through and keep them hot for the party.
I absolutely love these herbs. Daregal has come up with a great idea and it's so easy to order exactly what you want. I have the pack of 6 with 2 free. The best part is that I can choose any combination that I like. I've used them in my Christmas party dips and spreads, also. I can't wait to try some in my favorite vegetable soup and my secret spaghetti sauce recipe. No longer will I have to purchase a bunch of parsley for just two chopped tablespoons, only to throw out the rest because I never got around to using it up.
Daregal, you've got a winner in my book!
If you like this blog, please look for my other blogs:
Thyme for Herbs
Tickling the Ivories