Keeping Fresh Herbs Fresh!
“Fresh basil keeps much better and longer at room temperature with the stems in water.” Elisabeth Prueitt
Who doesn’t love that garnish of perfect green to finish a dish with colour, flavour and aroma? Not to mention how HEALTHY herbs do matter for benefitting anyone’s quality of life. If you like to buy your fresh herbs from the grocery store or grow them in your garden here are some tips to keeping them fresh.
Washing and Cutting the Stems
A salad spinner comes in handy with washing and drying herbs. If you don’t have a salad spinner hand washing tender herbs and setting them on a paper towel to dry. After washing and drying your herbs I like to pull any extra foliage at the bottom of the stems off. Anything other than stems in the water will cause the water to go yellow quickly. Trim the stems for freshness and better quality of drinking.
Time to Drink
Give your herbs 24 hours to liven up. A good drink over night will do the trick to brighten them up.
Where do you put your herbs? I keep the Herb Keeper by Progressive on hand. It can store 1-3 bunches of herbs such as parsley, cilantro, or oregano for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator, or on the counter without cross flavoring. The Herb Keeper also works great for keeping asparagus fresh and hydrated. It comes with a lid to protect herbs from absorbing refrigerator odors, and stores upright to save space.
All herbs can be treated like a bouquet of flowers. Only 2 prefer to be left on the counter: basil and cilantro. The rest keep in the refrigerator.