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5. Access fresh herbs whenever you need them.
Defrosted parsley, rosemary, cilantro, thyme and other herbs won't look as pretty as fresh, but they can still add flavor to cooked dishes and sauces. Wash and dry them well, chop and place as much as you think you'll use at one time (say, 1 tsp.) into an ice-cube tray compartment. Pour olive oil over them to cover, then freeze. They'll thaw quickly, so you can add them directly to a hot pan.