How to Make Fresh Herb Paste

Preserve seasonal flavors by making a custom seasoning paste from fresh herbs.

There’s nothing like adding fresh herbs to your cooking. Why not preserve that garden freshness into a flavorful paste? Whether it’s herbs from your garden or some you picked up for a great price at your local farmers' market, a herb paste is an easy way to preserve seasonal flavors. 

Glass Jar of Herb Paste with Spoon and Sprigs of Rosemary

Flavorful Herb Paste

Preserve your garden fresh herbs in paste form and use it to spice up your favorite foods.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe


Bowl of Fresh Herbs and Cup of Oil

Preserving Garden Fresh Herbs

Only a few simple ingredients are needed to preserve your garden fresh herbs.

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Debbie Wolfe

  • fresh herbs
  • neutral flavored oil
  • food processor
  • garlic (optional)

Step 1

Fresh Herbs on a Cutting Board

Prepare Fresh Herbs for Paste

Remove the fresh herbs from their stems.

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Debbie Wolfe

Start by washing the herbs and drying them in a salad spinner. Then, remove the leaves from the stems. You can use any herb combo you like or just one herb. This particular blend is for poultry. It contains thyme, rosemary and sage. Play around with herb combos you like in recipes, such as a spaghetti dinner blend.

Step 2

Herbs in a Food Processor

Add Fresh Herbs to Food Processor

Add the fresh herbs and other seasonings to a food processor.

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Debbie Wolfe

Add the clean, dry herbs to a food processor. Throw in the garlic (if using) at this point.

Step 3

Chopped Herbs in Food Processor

Finely Chop Herbs

Finely chop the herbs in the food processor.

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Debbie Wolfe

Pulse the food processor until the herbs are finely chopped.

Step 4

Food Processor with Herb Paste

Add Oil Until Paste Forms

Add enough oil to the food processor and pulse until a thick paste forms.

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Debbie Wolfe

With the food processor running, slowly drizzle the oil onto the herbs until it forms a thick paste, similar to pesto.

Step 5

Glass Jar with Herb Paste and Sprigs of Rosemary

Fresh Herb Paste

Garden fresh herbs can be preserve in paste form for an easy, go-to seasoning to spice up any meal.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Add the herb paste into a glass or a freezer-friendly container. Drizzle a little bit more oil on the surface. The oil will help keep the herbs from oxidizing. The herb paste will keep in the refrigerator for a week. For longer storage, freeze. To use, simply add a dollop of the herb paste in place of fresh herbs. You can use it as a marinade for meats and veggies or a finishing seasoning for soups and sauces. However you use your herb paste, it’s an easy way to preserve the fresh flavors to use year round.

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