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Fresh Herbs and How to keep them fresh!

Fresh Herbs and How to keep them fresh!

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Fresh herbs are a delightful addition to any dish, infusing vibrant flavours and enticing aromas. However, they have a limited shelf life, and without proper care, they can wilt, lose flavour, and go to waste.

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To make the most of your herbs and enhance your culinary endeavors, it’s essential to learn how to keep them fresh and flavourful.

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In this blog post, we’ll share valuable insights and practical tips to ensure your herbs stay at their best.

If you grow herbs or buy packs of fresh herbs from your supermarket, take them out of the packaging and soak them in ice-cold water for about 1/2 hour (but don’t do this with basil).

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Then drain well, wrap them loosely in kitchen paper and put in a poly bag, allowing some air to slightly fill the bag, or put them in a plastic box.

Store in the fridge.

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Most herbs will keep for a week like this.

With basil, just rinse briefly, as it is so delicate.

Check them occasionally and discard any browning or slimy leaves.

If growing herbs in pots, put them on a window-sill in good light, water occasionally and harvest regularly.
Another way is to put the stems in water in a big cup and cover with a ziplock bag, not tight. All you have to do is take the cup out and cut what you need. Change the water about every 3 days. It keeps over a week this way. You can do cilantro, parsley, asparagus, etc., this way.

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Fresh Herbs and How to keep them fresh!

Discover some useful tips to extend the life of your herbs and elevate your culinary creations. Learn the secrets to keeping herbs fresh and aromatic for longer.


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    1. Proper Storage:

    Storing herbs correctly is crucial to maintain their freshness. Most herbs thrive in a cool, damp environment. Store leafy herbs like cilantro and parsley in a jar of water, similar to fresh flowers, and cover them loosely with a plastic bag. For heartier herbs like rosemary and thyme, wrap them in a damp paper towel and place them in an airtight container.

    2. Refrigeration:

    Refrigeration can be beneficial for extending the life of your herbs. For leafy greens, place them in the crisper drawer with a damp paper towel to maintain humidity. Ensure they're not too wet, as excess moisture can cause decay.

    3. Freezing:

    Freezing herbs is an excellent way to preserve their flavor for an extended period. Chop the herbs and place them in ice cube trays, covering them with water or olive oil. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer bag for convenient use in your recipes.

    4. Trim and Prune:

    Regularly trim and prune your herbs to encourage new growth. This not only keeps your herbs looking fresh but also ensures a constant supply for your cooking needs.

    5. Dry Herbs:

    If you have an abundance of herbs, consider drying them for long-term use. Hang them upside down in a dry, well-ventilated area or use a food dehydrator. Once dried, store them in airtight containers.


    By following these tips, you can keep your herbs fresh and full of flavor for an extended period, reducing waste and enhancing your culinary experiences. With your herbs always at their best, your dishes will reach new heights of taste and aroma, making your meals truly memorable. So, start applying these herb-saving techniques and savor the delightful difference in your cooking.

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