Think about the joy you feel within your soul when you lay your hands on some fresh herbs at the grocery store. Yes, we absolutely know that feeling. It’s unexplainable. It’s so surreal. You’re thinking of all the delicious meals you are going to cook up using that fresh cilantro, parsley or dill. You bring it home and store it in the fridge. A few days later, your beautiful bunch of herbs are slowly, slowly wilting away. Now the joyous feeling is gone. Your money is wasted and now the meal you are about to make is not going to have that pop of flavor you desired.
Girl, you spent good money for those herbs! Stop playing and use these tips below to keep your herbs thriving and surviving. We don’t have time to waste food.
First thing to know here is that the storage method will differ depending on the texture of the herb you have. There are “soft herbs” like parsley, cilantro, basil and dill and “hard herbs” like rosemary, thyme, sage and savory. Here are ways you can store both soft and hard herbs!
Storing Soft Herbs:
For soft herbs, store them standing up in jars of water in the fridge. An ordinary glass jar will do or a re-usable container. Make sure they don’t overcrowd by separating them into two jars or containers.
Fill your jars about halfway with water. Gather up the herbs in a bunch and stand them stems-down in the jar. Next, grab a plastic produce bag and cover the whole top of the jar so that the herbs are completely enclosed. Secure the bag with a rubber band and transfer the jar to the fridge. This will help keep your herbs for two to three weeks.
Storing Hard Herbs:
The best way to store hard herbs is rolled-up in a damp paper towel inside a resealable plastic bag in the fridge. If the paper towels are saturated, either squeeze out the excess water or use new ones. If you use new ones, spritz them with water to dampen them first, as dry paper towels won’t work as well to keep fresh.
The next step is to place the rolled-up herbs in the bag (without sealing it) transfer it to the fridge. Stored this way, your hard herbs will last two to three weeks.
Try it out and let us know if these easy tips worked for you!