Herb Cubes

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I’m kinda into herbs. ‘Tis true. I am quite fond of almost all of them. Fresh herbs bring so much to both dishes and drinks (basil lemonade – swoon). I grow as many varieties as I can during the spring and summer and soon enough I’ll have them coming out of my ears. I will have too much to keep up with even as much as I cook. But I’m okay with that. Some I dry for later and some I preserve in olive oil (herb cubes) for those cold months when they’re not readily available or cost an arm and a leg at the market for 2 sprigs. Gasp.

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Are your ready to hear how hard this is? You might need to get out a pencil and paper. Here’s what you’ll need: herbs, an ice cube tray (yes they still make those) and olive oil. Boom. That’s it. If you an pluck and pour you’re golden. Even better, put your kids to work making these. Their little fingers are perfect for plucking the tiny leaves. Once you have the herbs at hand, you can mince and/or roughly chop OR just leave them whole. I like leaving them whole because a. it’s quicker and b. they’re prettier that way, yes it’s completely superficial. I said it.

Now I bet you’re wondering what you do with those time saving convenient herb cubes aren’t you? They’re perfect for dropping into soups, stews, starting sauces, sauteing onions, shallots, and mushrooms. Seriously the uses are a plenty. I’m betting you’ll find new way to use them and then you’ll have to share them with me because you’re a giver and it’s the right thing the do.

Herb Cubes www.bellalimento.com

The best herbs to use in this process are hearty herbs like: rosemary, savory, sage, and oregano. They’re not dainty and can hold their own in the deep freeze. Who wants to be stuck in a deep freeze with a dainty herb right.

Herb Cubes www.bellalimento.com

Once you have these on hand you’ll never want to be without. Truth.



  • fresh herbs - minced or left whole
  • olive oil


  1. Fill ice cube trays 3/4 full of herbs.
  2. Pour olive oil on top. Do not overfill.
  3. Cover ice cube tray with plastic wrap. Transfer to freezer and freeze until solid.
  4. Transfer frozen herb cubes to a freezer bag.



  1. 1

    I’ve wanted to try this for so long, they look gorgeous! I can’t tell you how many fresh herbs I waste on a weekly basis, I just can’t keep them alive for more than a day or two…I can’t wait to give this a try.

  2. 2

    I both grow and use fresh herbs. This a one champion idea! Really really
    a good idea. As you can read, I am excited about this. Basil makes everything better for example. I have to plant that every year. But I have chives, oregano—two kinds that come back. My sage finally bit the dust, but it normally survived. Parsley reseeds like crazy. Sometimes thyme makes it. Thank you!

  3. 3
    Angie /

    Love this idea! Now I just have to get some herbs growing!

  4. 4

    What a grand idea! My husband makes butter cubes similar to this but I never thought about using olive oil. Love your blog!!

  5. 5

    This is a brilliant idea! Can’t wait until I can grow some herbs and do this. Pinned.

  6. 6

    So smart! I have boatloads of basil right now (from an aerogarden gone crazy!)and I really should do this with some of it to prune them down a little.

  7. 7

    I grow every herb imaginable in my garden. Luckily, living in CA, affords me a lot more growing season. But as the summer shifts to Fall, I totally do this! My favorites are rosemary and thyme.

  8. 8

    Your brilliant! Oh, and these are gorgeous, too!

  9. 9

    Acck! YOU’RE brilliant (and my typing was not!)

  10. 10

    I need to start making these cubes! Sometimes my fresh herbs go bad before I can use them all and this would totally help! I had to laugh when you said “ice cube tray (yes they still make those)” because my crapy old fridge only has ice cube trays. Do you know how hard it is to throw margarita night when you only have 2 trays…sigh.

  11. 11

    What a GREAT idea! I can’t wait to try this with the sage I have growing in my kitchen. Somehow I’ve managed not to kill it…so instead I’ll freeze it!

  12. 12

    I’d just want to pop one of these herb and oil cubes in my mouth from time to time. Is that wrong? ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. 14

    I am going to be a harvesting fiend and the end of the summer! Magnificent idea!!!

  14. 15

    I’ve been meaning to do this forever. I also grow herbs and really need to preserve them at the end of the summer. Thanks for giving me another kick in the pants to do it!

  15. 16

    There’s nothing quite like fresh herbs! I feel the same way. Great idea!

  16. 18

    Really pretty and a smart idea!

  17. 19

    Love this whole idea and they look so pretty!

  18. 20

    Genius idea! I’m always feeling guilty if I throw herbs away.. Now no longer!

  19. 21

    Love this. I’m definitely going to do this. Thank you!

  20. 22

    I’m determined to grow herbs indoors this spring, which means I may need to do this.

  21. 23

    What a clever idea! Will start using this method straight away.

  22. 24

    I love these! A great way to save herbs! Pinning

  23. 25

    What a great idea! I’m going to do this.

  24. 26

    Such a great idea, I have to start doing this!

  25. 27

    Fantastic!! I also end up with dying herb plants because I can’t use them as fast as they grow haha. Can’t wait to make these!

  26. 28

    Why is it that your photos always make me feel calm and happy. They’re like sitting in a warm, sunny kitchen. I love the herb idea too. I also end up with tons of leftover herbs after using just a sprig or two so yeah, I’m definitely doing this with the rest.

  27. 29

    You make the most simple things extraordinary! Love this!

  28. 30
    sunnyrainbow /

    It’s possible I may not come up for air if I make these. SERIOUS weakness for me!

  29. 31

    I’ve done them in water, but I love the idea of olive oil!

  30. 32

    Love this, Paula. And you make it look so beautiful!

  31. 33

    Ummmmmm dying over this.

  32. 34

    Fantastic idea! I also love the child labor aspect, those suckers need to start pulling their weight ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. 35

    This is brilliant! I can totally see dropping these in some soup or stew. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 36

    Paula, this is such an awesome idea! I love herbs and this makes it so easy to use herbs in recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. 37
    Rust /

    Love this idea! Thank you, seriously! My herb garden is already going nuts …can’t wait to try this. ๐Ÿ™‚


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