I noticed my grocery store has "frozen fresh" chopped herbs (basil, cilantro, oregano I think, among others) in the freezer section. How would these compare to fresh herbs?

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The texture of frozen herbs is going to be totally different after thawing. In my opinion frozen herbs are fine for using in cooking, but they don't work well as a garnish or as an addition to a dish at the end of cooking.

The taste is definitely better than dried, though.

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    Right, and many herbs will turn black as they thaw, which is fine if they're in a stew or something, but terrible as garnish!
    – Harlan
    Sep 26, 2010 at 15:00
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    Agree with this they are better than dried and especially good as the winter comes up as fresh becomes very expensive. Frozen herbs are perfect in soups, stocks and casseroles.
    – vwiggins
    Sep 27, 2010 at 9:16

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