How to Store Fresh Rosemary

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Three easy ways to store fresh rosemary. Refrigerate, freeze or dried. Chose the best option that works for you.

fresh rosemary sprigs

I always have more fresh rosemary on hand than I can use. My garden is overflowing with fresh rosemary. Here are a couple of ways you can store your fresh rosemary instead of throwing it out.

You basically have 3 options for storing your extra rosemary: refrigerate, freeze or dry.

Refrigerate Rosemary

If you plan on using your rosemary within 10 to 14 days, I suggest storing it in the refrigerator. Simply wrap the rosemary sprigs in a slightly damp paper towel, and then place it in a Ziploc bag or storage container. The rosemary should last 1 to 2 weeks this way.

fresh rosemary sprigs

Freeze Rosemary

If you don’t have any immediate plans to use your fresh rosemary, I recommend freezing it for later use. Rinse off the rosemary sprigs and let them completely dry.

Cut the rosemary sprigs into shorter manageable pieces, approximately 6 to 8 inches in length. Place the sprigs in a freezer-safe storage bag and put it in the freezer.

fresh rosemary in freezer bag

Alternatively, divide the rosemary into an ice cube tray, fill it with water and freeze it. Once it is frozen, transfer the rosemary ice cubes to a freezer-safe storage bag until ready for use. For the best results, use frozen rosemary within 4 to 6 months.

fresh rosemary in ice tray

Dry Rosemary

Your last option is to dry the rosemary before storing it. Dried rosemary won’t be as aromatic as fresh rosemary but it lasts much longer than freezing or refrigerating.

To dry your rosemary, place the rosemary sprigs on a plate in a dry place and let stand for a few days.

fresh rosemary in mortar and pestle

Once they are completely dry, remove the leaves from the stems. You can store the rosemary leaves in a tightly sealed container or you can grind them into a powder with a mortar and pestle. Dried rosemary should last several years when properly stored.

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How to Store Fresh Rosemary

Three easy ways to store fresh rosemary. Refrigerate, freeze or dried. Chose the best option that works for you.
4.56 from 9 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Dry Rubs
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 1 sprig
Calories 1 kcal

Equipment

  • Freezer Bags
  • Ice Cube Tray

Ingredients
 

  • 1 sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • Water

Instructions
 

How to Refrigerate Fresh Rosemary
  • If you plan on using your rosemary within 10 to 14 days, I suggest storing it in the refrigerator. Simply wrap the rosemary sprigs in a slightly damp paper towel, and then place it in a Ziploc bag or storage container. The rosemary should last 1 to 2 weeks this way.
How to Freeze Fresh Rosemary in Bags
  • If you don't have any immediate plans to use your fresh rosemary, I recommend freezing it for later use. Rinse off the rosemary sprigs and let them completely dry. Cut the rosemary sprigs into shorter manageable pieces, approximately 6 to 8 inches in length. Place the sprigs in a freezer-safe storage bag and put it in the freezer.
How to Freeze Fresh Rosemary in Ice Cubes
  • Alternatively, divide the rosemary into an ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. Once it is frozen, transfer the rosemary ice cubes to a freezer-safe storage bag until ready for use. For the best results, use frozen rosemary within 4 to 6 months.
How to Dry and Ground Fresh Rosemary
  • Your last option is to dry the rosemary before storing it. Dried rosemary won't be as aromatic as fresh rosemary but it lasts much longer than freezing or refrigerating. To dry your rosemary, place the rosemary sprigs on a plate in a dry place and let stand for a few days. Once they are completely dry, remove the leaves from the stems. You can store the rosemary leaves in a tightly sealed container or you can grind them into a powder with a mortar and pestle. Dried rosemary should last several years when properly stored.

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcalCarbohydrates: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 1mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Barbara says:

    I never knew how to freeze rosemary. I am so glad I saw this. Very informative.

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