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Prolong the Life of Your Herbs

Preserving herbs can be tricky. Most of the time they are purchased for a specific recipe but what if you don't use all of it? Here are our top ways to help extend the shelf life of your fresh herbs by a week or two.

  1. What kind of herb is it?
Depending on the type of herb you have helps determine how best to store them. Not all herbs are exactly alike. First you will separate herbs into two categories, soft or hard. Soft herbs include dill, cilantro, basil, parsley, mint. Hard herbs include sage, rosemary, thyme, and oregano.

 

  1. Wash Herbs Before Storing

By washing your herbs, you remove any dirt or bacteria that can actually eat away at it. Wash herbs under cold, running water and dry thoroughly before putting them away.

 

  1. Storing Soft Herbs

The best way to keep soft herbs dry is by using the “wet jar method.” Gather your herbs like a bouquet of flowers and place them in a jar filled with a small amount of water. Cover with a lid or plastic bag and store in the refrigerator. This method ensures herbs retain moisture and slows down any browning. For basil, you can apply this method but instead of placing in the fridge, you can leave on the counter in order for it to receive sunlight.

 

  1. Storing Hard Herbs

The best way to store hard herbs is by loosely wrapping them in a damp paper towel. This keeps the moisture locked in while in the refrigerator. Place the wrapped herbs in a tightly sealed container to avoid wilting over time. Be sure to check the paper towel and remoisten as needed.

 

  1. What to do if you don’t use all your herbs?

Help cut down on food waste by drying or freezing herbs you may not need right away. Dry out herbs by bundling them up and placing them in a paper bag with holes. Hang them in a warm, dry place until they crisp. Alternatively, you can freeze them by cutting them up and placing them in an ice cube tray. Fill the tray with olive oil or water. This is the best way to preserve them for months, just melt when you need them.

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