Fresh lavender should be stored in a plastic bag in your refrigerator crisper drawer.
For long term storage of lavender, we recommend freezing the sprigs individually using the method described in How to Freeze Better at Home
. Freezing will make the lavender go limp, so it won’t be useful as a garnish, but it will retain its flavor.
Shelf Life: Up to 1 week refrigerated, several months frozen.
Lavender has a very strong flavor and aroma, so care must be taken not to let it overwhelm the rest of your dish.
Flavors lavender pairs well with include: fruit, cream (particularly in ice creams, custards and crème anglaise), dark chocolate, goat cheese (like Humboldt Fog
), honey, tea, butter (in shortbread or compound butter
Fresh lavender blossoms make a beautiful garnish, and can be candied (how to candy flowers
Lavender can be steeped in heated vinegar to make lavender vinegar, useful as a condiment or ingredient in dishes or gastrique sauces (particularly for desserts).
Try freezing whole or chopped lavender buds in ice cubes for use in drinks! To make clearer ice cubes so you can better see the herbs, use distilled water and boil it prior to freezing.