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Properly Storing Fresh Herbs

Keeping Herbs Fresh Longer

Fresh herbs can elevate the flavors of your dishes, but they tend to wilt quickly. Here’s a tip to help you keep herbs fresh for an extended period:


  • Fresh herbs (e.g., parsley, cilantro, basil)
  • A glass or jar with water
  • A plastic bag or plastic wrap



  1. Trim the Stems: Start by trimming the ends of the herb stems, removing any yellowing or damaged leaves.
  2. Arrange in a Glass or Jar: Place the trimmed herbs in a glass or jar with about an inch or two of water at the bottom. Ensure that only the stems are submerged, and the leaves remain dry.
  3. Cover with a Bag or Plastic Wrap: Gently cover the herbs with a plastic bag or plastic wrap, securing it around the mouth of the glass or jar. Make sure it’s not too tight to allow for some air circulation.
  4. Store in the Refrigerator: Place the glass or jar with the covered herbs in the refrigerator. This creates a mini-greenhouse effect, providing the herbs with a humid environment while preventing them from drying out.
  5. Change the Water: Check the water in the glass or jar every few days. If it starts to become cloudy or dirty, replace it with fresh water.


This method can help keep your fresh herbs vibrant and usable for up to two weeks, allowing you to enjoy their flavors in various dishes. Remember to change the water regularly and monitor the freshness of the herbs to ensure they stay at their best.

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