Prepare maggi herb
Freeze lovage immediately after harvest. The longer you let the herb sit, the more flavor it will lose. The frozen pieces will then also become a bit sticky after thawing.
- Clean the lovage
- Avoid washing if possible
- Cut into small pieces - do not chop!
- The best methods: Preserving lovage
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As a rule, you do not have to wash Maggi herb from the garden, because the herb is completely natural. If you absolutely must wash it, dry it well before freezing it.
If the cut Maggi herb is very moist, the pieces stick together in the refrigerator to form a solid lump and cannot be removed in portions.
This is how lovage is frozen
Put the cut cabbage in a freezer bag. Seal the bag tightly and flatten it before placing it in the freezer. Then the frozen herb does not clump and is easier to sprinkle into the soup later.
Lovage is also easy to freeze uncut as a whole branch. Place the twigs side by side in a freezer bag, seal it and let it freeze hard in the freezer.
Remove the bag and break the herb into small pieces. This works wonderfully with a meat mallet or a rolling pin. This gives you small pieces of spice that you can use in portions.
Freeze the herb cubes
When the maggi herb is fairly moist, freeze it in cubes. To do this, pluck the leaves into small pieces.
Press the Maggi herb into the compartments of an ice cube tray. Pour either oil or water until the cubes are completely filled.
Wrap foil or a freezer bag around the ice cube tray and place it in the freezer. It stays there until the liquid is frozen. You can then press the herb cubes out of the mold and store them in the freezer bag in the freezer.
Tips & Tricks
You can use frozen maggi without thawing it first. Remove the desired amount and sprinkle it into the soup or stew just before the end of the cooking time. You can also sprinkle the spice into salad without defrosting.
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