How to Prep and Store Fresh Herbs

When you bring home a big bunch of basil, parsley or cilantro from the market, don’t you want it to last? Here are our two of our favorite ways to store your herbs to make them last up to a week (or even longer!)

Method 1: Put them in a vase
That’s right, you can treat your herbs like flowers. (We love this as a seasonal hostess gift for a dinner party — put them in a mason jar with twine tied into a bow!)

  • Step 1: Prep. Wash your herbs thoroughly, then spread them out on a towel to dry completely. Now that they’re clean, you can just pull out what you need throughout the week and they’re ready to use! Drying them completely is important, as it helps to prevent spoilage – you might even want to layer them between sheets of paper towels to absorb more water.
  • Step 2: Cut. Cut less than an inch off the end of the herbs with a sharp knife, just as you would before you put flowers in a vase.
  • Step 3: Store. Put them in a vase, mason jar, or glass with cool tap water. Be sure none of the leaves are down in the water, on the cut stems. You can even put multiple types of herbs together in one vase!
  • 4. Freshen. Every 2 days, rinse the vase, replace the water, trim a smidgen off the end of the stems, and toss any pieces that look like they are starting to spoil.

Method 2: Wrap them and refrigerate
This method also works well for spinach, lettuce, kale or other similar green.

  • Step 1: Prep. (Same as above.) Wash your herbs thoroughly, then spread them out on a towel to dry completely. Now that they’re clean, you can just pull out what you need throughout the week and they’re ready to use! Drying them completely is important, as it helps to prevent spoilage – you might even want to layer them between sheets of paper towels to absorb more water.
  • Step 2: Wrap. Loosely wrap the herbs in slightly damp paper towels (you can use the towels they were drying on), possibly breaking them into smaller bundles for each little paper towel “package.” For a large bunch of herbs from the store, we suggest breaking it into 2-3 smaller bundles. Then place all of the bundles into a gallon-size zip-top baggie. Seal the bag almost completely, leaving about 2 inches unsealed.
  • Step 3: Store. Put the baggies in your refrigerator. If you’re storing multiple types of herbs or greens this way at once, you may want to label the bags to make them easier to find when needed.

How do your make your herbs last? Give one of our methods a try and let us know how it goes!

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