Keep Your Herbs Fresher, Longer

A few minutes in the microwave can make your herbs ready for long-term storage, but if you're going to have at them within 24 hours or a week, here's how to keep them fresh in the meantime.

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Weblog Re-Nest has laid out simple preparation instructions for keeping your herbs fresh for short-term storage.

If you're going to use your fresh herbs within 24 hours:

Snip the stem with scissors, so you have a fresh base. Place in a glass or small vase of water, like you would for flowers. Leave them unwashed until it's kitchen prep time.

On the other hand, if you're looking at keeping them a week before use, the post recommends following the same instructions, then loosely wrapping the herbs in a plastic bag and storing in your fridge. Make sure to check out our previous post for an introduction on how to grow your own herbs for fresh herbs anytime.

How to Store Fresh Herbs So They Last [Re-Nest]


    Cut the bottom parts of the stems, rinse and shake off excess water. Wrap in kitchen paper and store in a plastic bag in the veggie storage section of the fridge. The herbs keep much longer than in water or just plastic, up to 2 weeks.

    A veggie vendor at the Vic market taught me this years ago and saved me heaps of money.

    You could also grow your own...

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