How To: Keep Herbs Fresh

Fresh herbs are versatile ingredients in the kitchen as they are often very important to achieve a flavorful dish. Dried herbs are always available in the spice section, but here we are going to touch on some tips for fresh herb upkeep so that you don’t waste money on a fairly common and costly ingredient.

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1. If you purchase stems of herbs from the refrigerator section of your grocery store keep them freshly cut in a glass of cold water. Snip the stems and change the water every 1-2 days. Mint and basil keep best on a windowsill or kitchen counter, while cilantro and parsley should be kept in the door of your refrigerator.

2. Instead of placing herbs in a glass filled with water you can wrap them in a moist (not soaked!) paper towel and place them in a Ziploc bag.

3. The most hands-on, and most cost-effective alternative for keeping fresh herbs is to grow them yourself. Herbs such as these can be purchased at Trader Joe’s for $1.99 each and should be kept watered in a temperate environment.

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