How to keep fresh herbs fresh!

 

IMG_0413Fresh herbs can transform your cooking, boosting both flavour and nutrition. If you have a garden or the space for pots, try growing your own for a replenishing supply. Otherwise, keep your store-bought herbs fresh for several weeks using the method below. It’s simple, and works like a charm!

1. Snip off the base of the stems.

2. Fill a jar a third to half way with fresh water.

3. Place the herbs into the jar so that the stems are immersed in the water. Store at room temperature.

  • Basil, Parsley and Cilantro can be stored like this

4. Cover loosely with a plastic bag, and secure the bag with an elastic band around the jar. Refrigerate.

  • Parsley and Cilantro can also be refrigerated for even longer shelf-life
  • Basil will turn black and wilt in cold temperature
  • Herbs best stored this way are Rosemary, Chives, Green Onions, and Thyme

5. Change water every 2 days and wash only before use.

 

Freezer:

If your refrigerator is tight on space or you want to store the herbs several months, wash, totally dry, and chop your herbs. Either place into a ziploc bag as is, or into ice trays with water to make herbed ice cubes to pop into your pan when needed.

I make mint ice cubes for smoothies like pineapple and watermelon. So simple and so delicious!

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