Have you ever found an amazing recipe you wanted to make RIGHT NOW and had everything on hand accept the fresh herbs? Or (more likely) you were in a hurry to cook dinner and didn’t have the time or patience to be mincing up fresh garlic, parsley and basil? I’ve had a lot of those moments; and while I’d love to always use fresh, real life has other plans.
A good selection of fresh herbs is hard to keep on hand. They are expensive, spoil quickly and require a lot of prep work.
That’s why I’ve been enjoying Dorot freshly frozen garlic and herb cubes the last few weeks. They are a better alternative to dried and powdered herbs; with the same color and flavor as fresh without the hassle. In fact, I’ve become a little spoiled—reaching for the Dorot instead of going through the effort of washing, peeling, chopping and cleanup involved with using fresh.
Each little package comes with 20 servings; cubes that easily pop out of the package and into your pan. Each cube equals about 1 tablespoon of herbs or 1 clove of garlic. They are priced between $2.99 and $3.99, which is a good value for the amount of time you save.
In the past, I’ve tried to freeze my own herbs in ice cube trays. It’s a great idea, but the cubes usually end up with freezer burn. That’s why I like the packaging Dorot uses. The herbs stay fresh because they are sealed in lidded trays.
Dorot has a wide selection to choose from, including:
- Crushed Garlic
- Crushed Ginger
- Chopped Basil
- Chopped Parsley
- Chopped Cilantro
- Chopped Dill
- Chopped Chili Pepper
Other varieties and even sauce cubes are available, but less likely to be on your local store shelves. They have Indian Rice Mix, Chimichurri Sauce, Tikka Masala, Sofrito, Pesto and even an Alfredo sauce. I didn’t try these, but would love to give them a try in the future.
One thing that impressed me about Dorot was the ingredient list. Some have a touch of soybean oil, sea salt and lemon concentrate to preserve the color and consistency; but that’s it.
It really comes down to flavor, right? So how did Dorot perform under the pressures of my kitchen? My favorite product by far was the chopped garlic. It tasted very close to fresh without the bitterness of jarred garlic. I also like the chili pepper, ginger and basil. The cilantro seemed milder than fresh and really didn’t give me the amount of flavor I wanted.
While the flavor is very good, these handy little cubes have their limits. They melt into little puddles, so aren’t appropriate for topping a dish. The very fine puree of basil didn’t look great mixed into pasta and olive oil on its own—but tasted good.
I tried Dorot cubes in a lot of different ways and they only made the job of cooking easier. Whether it was a rub, sauce, stew, marinade, soups or vinaigrettes; I was pleased with the results.
Where can you find them?
You can find Dorot garlic and herbs in the freezer section of stores nationwide and worldwide. In my home state of Florida alone, they have 72 stores carrying their products including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Piggly Wiggly, and others. They have a handy store locator on their website if you are looking for a store near you.
Dorot also has a line of products created just for Wal-Mart stores called, “Pop & Cook”. It’s the same product and packaging available at Wal-Mart stores throughout the country.
I hope you are able to give Dorot garlic and herb cubes a try! They will be a staple in my freezer from now on.
A recipe I made using Dorot products:
Disclaimer – I received one or more of the products mentioned above free of charge for the purpose of this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.