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Herbs are a great way to add flavor to countless recipes. But if you spend time growing or money buying medicinal plants, it is a real disappointment when they go bad. It is very common for herbs to wilt and rot before you get a chance to use them. If you are tired of this happening, try these tips on keeping your herbs fresher, longer!
How to Keep Herbs Fresh
The Bouquet Method
Herbs are just like flowers; they need water to survive. So if you want to know how to keep herbs fresh, treat your herbs like you would a cut bouquet of flowers. According to the article Money-Saving Tip: How to Keep Your Herbs Fresh from huffingtonpost.com, you should trim the stems and place them in cup of cold water. Be sure to change the water and trim the stems every 1-2 days. Cover the herbs with a loose plastic bag and refrigerate them. This method allows the herbs to stay fresh for over two weeks.
The Paper Towel Method
If you do not have enough space for the bouquet method, use paper towels to preserve herbs. As stated in the article How to Keep Herbs Fresh from aspicypersepctive.com, lay the herbs on a clean paper towel and spread them out so that they are not touching. Roll the herbs in the paper towel, and place them in a zip lock bag and squeeze out as much air as you can. This method is an effective way to keep herbs fresh and it saves refrigerator space!
If you do not want to use paper towels for this method, wrap your herbs in a moist towel and store them in the crisper. Check on the herbs regularly to make sure the towel doesn’t dry out.
Aspicyperspective.com provides ideas on what to do if you find that your herbs are past saving. Try freezing them to use later, use them in a salad, or use them to make stock!
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