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Freeze and Preserve Arugula (Rocket)

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Arugula- how to preserve & freeze arugula

Arugula is a wonderful spicy herb usually eaten as a green 

(it’s also called roquette or rocket salad). 

Rocket is super nutritious & if you want to grow arugula it’s fast to germinate and grows the best in cool weather. Arugula is often one of the first spring harvests from the garden. Arugula also has beautiful four petal white flowers, and I often leave a few to bloom for its beauty and for the bees. You can easily grow arugula in a container herb garden or interplant it around larger crops.

Arugula doesn’t like the heat, so it can be a short harvest window.

The solution?

Preserve Arugula!

As Arugula is a strong-tasting herb that doesn’t have a long shelf-life,.

I’ve found the best way to preserve it is by freezing it in olive oil.

How to freeze arugula

How to freeze arugula

Like basil, arugula is one of those herbs that taste better fresh than dried like some other herbs. By freezing it in olive oil you’re getting the most for flavour and it’s quick to use when you need it.

I LOVE  using my stainless steel ice cube tray for freezing herb cubes. Not only does it not leach any harmful plastic chemicals into our food or ice, it also has a great mechanism that wiggles the cubes out to make popping them out MUCH easier (no more banging them out!).

Arugula- how to preserve & freeze arugula

How to Preserve Arugula in Oil

Preserving arugula is super easy! All you have to do is wash it, chop it up, place it in the ice-cube tray, pour olive oil into each cube leaving some space for expansion (I fill about 80% of it) then freeze! Done! Once its frozen pop it into a freeze proof container ready to use throughout the summer (or winter if you freeze your arugula in the fall).

The cubes melt fast so are nice to use as a last-minute flavor enhancer.

Fresh tasting arugula in olive oil is great sautéed with other veggies, used in a salad dressing or drizzled over pizza. YUM!

How to preserve arugula by freezing into olive oil cubes

How to preserve arugula by freezing into olive oil cubes

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Comments

  1. I also love arugula and appreciate your ideal of saving this in olive oil. After that first bite, I literally fell head over heels in NEED of it in my life. Ten years later I am still discovering how astonishing this ubiquitous looking “green” really is.

    How long have you had this website and been blogging? I sooo want to do that too, but know not where to start. I have only regained my wherewith 50 months ago, so tgere is much thst is new to me. Establishing an online presence, having a website, writing a blog/an e book and having my stories published are all on my lists of things to do because I must.

    I know without asking you have always been a plant person. I came by it because my whole family are plant lovers. I grew up thinking plants as just another kind of “pet”. My brother is a botanist, my father a landscaper and my mother would have plants twine around her ankles to get as close as possible to her. Some of my precious memories are of listening in as my mom had her morning conversations with her windowsill violets and how, “Her girls did not like their petticoats to get damp or stand with wet feet”.

    Have you ever dried your bumper crop of arugula? I have that down pat and am always looking for other eays to use arugula. I am having my brother even come up with a design for a winter arugula bed for me.

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