How often do you buy fresh herbs only to have them go bad before you use them up? My guess is A LOT! Or, maybe you just don’t buy them because they don’t stay fresh very long. In a previous blog entitled “Herb Cubes” we showed how to freeze herbs to have around for sauces, soups, and stews all year. The following tip works best for the more “delicate” herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley, and tarragon. Here’s how it works:
When you bring your herbs home from the store or bring them in from the garden, snip the ends off and place them in a glass of water. Next, cover the herbs with a large Ziplock bag. This creates a mini “greenhouse”. They can sit on your counter for 1-2 weeks. Your herbs will stay fresh and vibrant, ready to use in dishes all week long! For the more “woody” herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary, and sage, rinse and wrap them in a slightly damp paper towel and place in a Ziplock bag. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Now spending the extra $1-2 at the grocery store on fresh herbs to add tremendous flavor to your dishes all week long will be worth it!!