Some time during spring and I tend to stock up on lots and lots of fresh herbs just because they smell lovely and make my kitchen look so much better (and they make food taste better too, of course). I usually go for the biggest plants I can find which means I rarely use up all of the herbs. A great way to preserve the fresh herbs is to freeze them. Now, these herbal and floral ice cubes are more for decoration, to make your summer drink taste and look a little bit better (I mean imagine using ice cubes with mint in a mojito, or just plain water). If you want to preserve herbs for cooking, you can chop them finely, put them in an ice cube tray and fill with a little bit of water or even olive oil then you just throw them in the food you’re making. Simple as that! If you’re using flowers for your ice cubes – absolutely make sure they are edible and that they haven’t been treated with any chemicals first. The flowers I’ve here used are bellflowers (campanula). There are many kinds of bellflowers and I cannot guarantee that all kinds are edible (I find lots of info on edible campanulas in Swedish, but very little on the subject in English). If you’re feeling insecure you can always use rose petals, lavender, lilacs or elderflowers instead. As with all flowers, I suggest eating only small amounts to be on the safe side.
Many recommend boiling the water first to make sure the ice is as clear as possible, though I haven’t tried this method myself (too impatient!).
What you’ll need
Herbs or edible flowers
Ice cube tray
Fill ice cube trays with water, about 1/3 full.
Put the flowers or herbs in the water and freeze (to ensure the flower/herbs stays in place). Fill with water to the top and freeze again.