How to Freeze Fresh Thyme

You used some Thyme leaves in a dish but still had some remaining. What happens now?

There is a limit to the number of sprigs of Thyme a person can put in a dish. If you have a surplus of fresh herbs like Thyme – congratulations – you can choose to freeze them whole or mix them with other herbs to later add to dishes.

While most herbs may develop a dark green color in low temperatures, frozen herbs do retain their fresh flavor. Color is not a concern because the herbs will be utilized as a flavor additive and not a garnish.

Intriguing, isn’t it? Read on to find out more about how to freeze fresh Thyme.

How Do You Freeze Fresh Herbs?

Wash the herbs (while still attached to their branches), carefully dry them, remove the leaves from the branches, and place them in an airtight container (a Ziploc bag or a simple freezer bag would work too).

You don’t even need to separate the leaves from the stem in the case of Thyme.

Remove all the air, cover it, and put it in the freezer.

To utilize the herbs, measure out the amount you need from the refrigerator; the best part is that you don’t even need to thaw them.

Fun Fact: When you freeze fresh herbs, the flavor profile of the spice concentrates on producing a more robust flavor for your dishes.

Frozen Thyme, Does it Last Well?

Because of its sturdiness, thyme freezes exceptionally well. You may freeze thyme with or without the stems. Once cooked, the leaves will fall off. Chilling the leaves is the best approach for cooking stews and soups.

You have to remove the thymes from the fridge and add them to the dish while it cooks.

Doing this small bit ensures that you get served good food every time you cook using this method.

Blanching or blast freezing them first is a great idea to keep them in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Using one of the procedures will retain the herb’s tastes, aromas, and other micronutrients.

How to Use The Ice Cube Tray for Freezing Herbs

Wash and dry a pair of fresh herbs before putting them in a food processor.

You can add complementary seasonings, herbs, and condiments, and the combination can be frozen flat in Ziploc bags.

You may also combine chopped herbs with olive oil or cold water and freeze the combination in an ice-cubes mold.

Freezing the herbs in an ice cube tray and then storing them in freezer bags can help preserve the herb blend for up to six months.

When you need to thaw, take them out of the ice cube trays, put them in a damp paper towel, and then proceed with the rest of the thawing.

Does Dehydrating Work?

Thyme is one of those exceptional herbs that keeps many of its natural flavors and beneficial properties when dehydrated. Most people

 People prefer the convenience and uniformity of a dehydrator, although air-drying and oven-drying are other effective drying techniques.

Consider making a traditional Italian spice or herb blend by dehydrating and combining different herbs from your garden.


Hi there! My name is Caroline Stevens, and I am an American mom of three wonderful children. I started this blog to help everyday families be more sustainable and save money by preventing food waste. I currently live in Wisconsin, and enjoy crafting, cooking at home, and traveling. I have a degree in art and previously worked in the restaurant business.