how to keep herbs fresh.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

how to keep herbs fresh

i add basil to most everything when i can find it fresh at the farmers' market, though after two or three days i end up tossing more than i use. did you know that herbs last longer when you treat them like fresh flowers? even better-- store your herb bouquet in the fridge. makes perfect sense.

i apologize for getting all martha stewart on you.

12 comments:

J and H from Beyond The Stoop said...

(duh, why didn't I think of that)

makes total sense! thanks for the good tip! we buy our herbs from the bodega around the corner and they display the herbs in a bin full of ice water... definitely gonna start doing this!

Emily B said...

If you keep the basil in water for a while (and keep changing the water) it will actually grow new roots and you can plant it :)

Emily

the southern hostess said...

Um, genius. This changes everything.

oneawkwardyear said...

Was JUST mourning a big batch of cilantro from the CSA and wondering how to keep herbs fresher. Going to give this a try, thanks! - Liz

Rebeka said...

That's a really great tip. I usually keep asparagus and green onions like this, but I've never thought to do it with basil (which goes bad so quickly, boo).

A Crimson Kiss said...

We have a little collection of basil, cilantro and parsley mingling in the fridge–this is my favorite food storage trick!

Melinda DiOrio said...

Thanks for the tip! I actually hadn't heard of doing it that way.

Olga said...

I've heard of doing it this way, but there is never enough room in my fridge to put herbs in a glass of water/standing up, so I only treat basil this way. Except, I don't put it in the fridge -- one of my CSA's newsletters said that basil is the one herb you should NOT put in the fridge to prevent it from turning black, so I leave the glass of water that it's in on the windowsill, and it does sprout roots, eventually. Everything else (according to the internets) is best off in the fridge, vessel of water, with a plastic bag over it.

Danielle said...

I posted the same tip on Les Bon Enfants a few months ago - it's the best little trick!

http://lesbonenfants.com/post/48152531419/were-excited-to-introduce-a-new-series-to-les-bon

Karissa said...

Bon Appetit magazine suggests covering it with a plastic bag as well (in addition to in the fridge in water).

Dinner-Pal said...

well put - treat them like flowers! :-) i have skipped the trimming the ends part....will do better from now on!

Iliana's Notebook said...

I didn't know....I will def. try this! thanks for getting all Martha Stewart on us!

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