I think by now everyone knows just how obsessed I am with my herb garden. It truly thrived this year, allowing me to create some incredible dishes, so you can imagine my fear at not having my herb garden until next Spring. This year I want to prepare myself before the frost takes the life of my beautiful herbs. There are many different ways to keep fresh herbs throughout the cold seasons, it just depends on which method works best for you.
Growing Herbs Indoors:
Although it can be quite difficult, it is possible to grow herbs indoors. You just have to be sure to carefully select where you place each herb. Each herb has particular growing conditions that allow them to remain the healthiest, so it important to learn about your herbs before bringing them inside. Here are 2 lists of the top 5 and top 10 herbs for growing indoors, along with their preferred growing conditions. Here is also some handy growing tips for keeping your herbs indoors provided by Eat Right Ontario .
There are also products available for purchase to help aid in the growth of your indoor herbs, such as the AeroGarden. I have personally never used any indoor herb growing products (the price is a little high for me), but would love to hear any feedback from anyone who has used them!
Storing Herbs in the Fridge:
Before freezing all of my fresh herbs, I like to set aside some of my herbs to keep on hand in the fridge. It is very simple to do this and your herbs will last for at least a week. Simply wash and dry your herbs, wrap them in a slightly damp paper towel, and keep them wrapped in the paper towel inside of a ziplock bag in the vegetable drawer of your fridge.
Freezing herbs is a great way to keep your fresh herbs during the cold seasons, but the freezing process varies depending on the type of herb. Soft and hard herbs are very different, and therefore must be frozen using different processes. Kalyn's Kitchen has some great entries on freezing herbs that I followed for freezing my herbs this year.
If you have any other tips or tricks for keeping your fresh herbs throughout the cold seasons, please share them here!