Herbs can be pricey—here’s how to ensure they stay fresh as long as possible.
The major perk of adding fresh herbs to a dish is infusing freshness and flavor into the meal. Keeping herbs fresh for as long as possible will allow you to continue making showstopping dishes for days—even weeks!—at a time. Fresh herbs are delicate and easily damaged by extreme temperatures, but proper storage of fresh herbs can keep your basil vibrant, peppery, and ready for chopping.
To make your herbs last longer, try treating your basil like a bouquet of roses! You’ve probably learned the tricks to keep your roses looking vivid and unwithered for at least a week; you can keep herbs fresh using the same technique. Trim the edges of the stems and store them in a vase or glass with clean water. Just like a floral arrangement, fresh herbs will stay hydrated longer with their stems in water. Storing herbs as a bouquet will also keep them upright, so they’ll be safe from being bruised or torn until you’re ready to cook with them.
The final trick for proper herb storage? Keep this herbal bouquet on a shelf inside the fridge door instead of pushing it to the back of the fridge. This will cool the herbs at a more mild temperature, prevent the container from spilling over, and keep other items from bruising the basil. All of these storage tricks will help keep herbs fresh longer.
Fresh herbs may have a shorter lifespan than what you’ll find in the spice jar, but a little extra care can extend their freshness so you won’t have to settle for subpar flavor. Consider starting an indoor herb garden so you can harvest fresh herbs whenever you need them! Then, each time the plant produces a new batch of mature leaves, follow these steps to keep herbs fresh in your kitchen for as long as possible.
Looking for more storage tips? Check out the best places to store your favorite fruits here.
Phoebe Lapine is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, wellness personality, culinary instructor, blogger, recipe developer and speaker, born and raised in New York City, where she continues to live and eat.
00:00:00,320 --> 00:00:03,020
One of the things I hate about
fresh produce, especially herbs,
00:00:03,020 --> 00:00:05,920
is when they go limp and
wilted in the fridge.
00:00:05,920 --> 00:00:09,110
I'm Phoebe Lepano, I'm gonna show you
an easy way to store your herbs so
00:00:09,110 --> 00:00:11,010
that they remain fresh for longer.
00:00:11,010 --> 00:00:16,160
First thing is first is, I'm gonna trim
the stem, it just helps to freshen them up
00:00:16,160 --> 00:00:19,370
and make sure that they
absorb the water for longer.
00:00:19,370 --> 00:00:23,720
We're just gonna put them in a glass
of water just about an inch or
00:00:23,720 --> 00:00:26,350
then we're gonna store them in the fridge.
00:00:26,350 --> 00:00:30,531
And one place that's great to put them
is actually in the refrigerator door.
00:00:30,531 --> 00:00:33,997
First of all, that will just keep it out
of the way and make sure that nothing
00:00:33,997 --> 00:00:37,262
knocks into them, but it also tends
to be little bit warmer out there.
00:00:37,262 --> 00:00:38,871
And when they're in
the back of the fridge,
00:00:38,871 --> 00:00:41,140
they'll get a little bit too cold and
00:00:41,140 --> 00:00:44,100
Unlike a lettuce, you don't wanna
necessarily wash these first.
00:00:44,100 --> 00:00:47,610
It'll stay fresh for longer if you leave
them in their natural state just upright
00:00:47,610 --> 00:00:50,670
in the glass and then you can just
rinse them right before you use them.
00:00:50,670 --> 00:00:54,699