Preserve parsley by freezing it

Preserve parsley by freezing it

Harvest parsley at the best time

Since parsley is most fragrant just before flowering in the second year, cut biennial plants right above the ground in May or June.

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You can get parsley roots out of the ground in late autumn. But you can also leave them in the ground as long as it is not frozen through.

Prepare the parsley leaves

  • Rinse leaves on the stems
  • Allow to air dry
  • If necessary, dry with kitchen paper
  • Check for insects
  • Remove stems
  • If necessary, cut the leaves finely

The leaves must be as dry as possible to freeze.

You can freeze the leaves uncut as a bundle. This helps preserve the aroma.

This is how the leaves are frozen

Preferably fill the parsley leaves in small freezer bags that can be sealed airtight. There is usually too much air left in freezer containers.

Push the filled freezer bags out from back to front to allow the air to escape and seal them.

Label the bag with your name and the date you frozen the parsley.

Better store parsley root in a dark and cool place

Parsley root will hold up well if you store it in a very cool, dark place. The root should not be cleaned, however, because it will wither and inedible more quickly.

The parsley root loses its hearty aroma when frozen. If you still want to freeze parsley root, cut the cleaned root into small pieces and freeze them in the freezer bag.

The often recommended blanching is not necessary. It will only reduce the cooking time later because the roots will soften faster.

This is how long parsley will keep in the freezer

Frozen parsley will last for several months as long as the cold chain is not broken.

Use frozen parsley in the kitchen

Parsley from the freezer is so tender that it thaws again very quickly. You only have to get them out of the refrigerator shortly before processing.

If you want to use the parsley for quark dishes, just stir in the frozen herbs. They thaw by themselves.

If the parsley is to be sprinkled over potatoes, fish or other dishes, crumble the still frozen cabbage with your fingers. Then pour it over the dishes like fresh parsley.

Tips & Tricks

You only need a small amount of herbs for many dishes. Use the ice cube tray to freeze parsley in small portions. Fill the individual cubes with chopped parsley and let them freeze through. Squeeze the frozen cubes out of the container and store them in a freezer bag in the freezer.


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