How To: Store Fresh Herbs So They Last

How To: Store Fresh Herbs So They Last

Jen DeRose
May 26, 2009

We usually only buy fresh herbs now, since there's just no way dried basil can compare with the real stuff. But if you're not planning on eating that basil-tomato-mozzarella sandwich for a few more days, here's how to make any herb last a few days longer...

If you're planning on using fresh herbs within 24 hours:
Snip the stem with scissors, so you have a fresh base. Place in a glass or small vase of water, like you would for flowers. Leave them unwashed until it's kitchen prep time.

If you're planning on using them within a week:
Follow the same concept as above, but wrap them loosely in a plastic bag. (A great way to reuse one!) Tie off with a rubber band or twist tie and place in the fridge, changing the water daily. Rinse herbs just before eating.

Related Links:

Grow Your Own Medicinal Herb Garden
How To: Make a One-Pot Indoor Herb Garden

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