When frozen, transfer cubes into plastic freezer bags and use as needed.
Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing fennel includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers and ice cube trays.
Store dried fennel seeds and leaves in the pantry for 6 months. Store frozen fennel leaves (including paste and cubes) for 1 year or more at 0ºF.
Bagged leaves, pastes and cubes can all be removed from the freezer and added directly to dishes while cooking.
Try drying fennel leaves in the microwave by placing a single layer of leaves between paper towels and drying them for 1 or 2 minutes. Be careful not to over dry or the leaves will taste burnt and may even catch on fire. Some microwaves should not be used for this, so consult with your microwave manufacturer before drying herbs in your microwave.
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