Storing Fresh Herbs

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How do YOU store fresh herbs when you bring them home from the grocery store or farmer's market?  

I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me:  I purchase fresh herbs to use in my recipes but by the time I get to use them, they're not looking too "fresh" any longer.   Or I use them a few days after purchasing and then when I go back a week later, they're ready for the trash can instead of a recipe.  

I used to store fresh herbs wrapped in paper towels and then placed inside a plastic bag.   But then I discovered this tip that works so much better.   The next time you purchase fresh herbs, place them in a jar of cold water.  Cover the herbs and jar with a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator.   I use the plastic produce bag from the grocery store.  Your herbs will stay fresher much longer stored this way.    

I recently purchased cilantro to use in a recipe.  The recipe called for only 1/3 cup of chopped cilantro.  I then placed the cilantro in a jar of cold water, covered with a plastic bag and put the jar in the refrigerator. This is what the cilantro looked like two weeks later...

Here is a close up of the cilantro.  It was still fresh and ready to go into another recipe...

So the next time you bring fresh herbs home, why not try to store them in a jar of cold water?  You'll be surprised how long they will stay fresh.  

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  1. G'day great tip Lois! true!
    What happens in the middle of summer or in winter when you have the heat on...anything else you could suggest I do? Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne

  2. Good to know. We can grow many almost year round here so I try to keep them going but sometimes I don't have what I need in the garden.

  3. Love this tip, and I will definitely be trying it.

  4. I'm so happy I read this. What a great tip. I will definitely try this. Thanks.