How to Make Fresh Herbs Last

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One of the most frustrating lessons I have had to learn was learning to make fresh herbs last.

I began learning to cook a few years ago, and one of the first observations I began to make was that the associated expenses can add up rather quickly if you aren’t smart about how you use your resources.

Because of this, I now have a strong focus on using everything in my kitchen: from the much neglected crock pot to the difficult to save fresh herbs.

I know many others have addressed the problem by drying leftover fresh herbs. Generally, I choose not to go this route since I have a rather robust stock of dry herbs on hand. Which left me on a mission to find a fresh herb solution that would make my herb bundles last for more than a day or two in the refrigerator before withering away.

As it turned out, the simple solution was a bit of water. And while I have tested this method countless times, I cannot provide solid reasoning for it’s success.

To preserve your fresh herbs:

1. Don’t clean the herbs. They tend to become wilted sooner.

2. Get a dish towel (or paper toweling) wet. I soak the cloth and lightly ring it out.

3. Wrap the base of the herb bundles with the wet cloth. You can bundle everything together. For this post, I had just purchased cilantro and green onions. I wrapped them all together in the towel.

4. Wrap everything in a dry dish towel. This towel gets wrapped around everything including the wet cloth that is already wrapped around the base.

5. Store in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Using this method, herbs should last for a week and a half to two weeks.

What are some of your favorite tips and short cuts in the kitchen?


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