I enjoy cooking with fresh herbs, however I am just learning to cook and when I buy fresh herbs I leave them in the bag washed. I was wondering what is the rule of thumb for storing fresh herbs…do I put them in a bag like on 30 minute meal…or do I leave them in a glass? I am quite confused if you could help me with this…it would be great…and then perhaps then they will have more longevity.
Thanks, Suzie Q
Hi Suzie -
Different herbs require different storage techniques to keep them fresh:
Long-stemmed herbs like basil, cilantro and parsley: Snip ends and place in a glass of water in the fridge (make sure that no leaves are beneath the water) like a vase of flowers. This will keep the herbs fresh for up to one week.
Non-long stemmed herbs like rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, etc.: Do NOT wash until just prior to use. Wrap loosely in plastic wrap OR place in a ziploc bag with a dry paper towel (to soak up any moisture that develops) and store in the warmest part of your refrigerator - like the door - for up to one week. If you wrap in plastic wrap, we don't recommend an extra layer of plastic bag to avoid moisture building up which can make the herbs spoil.
You can also freeze fresh herbs by placing the herbs in a small zip lock or ice cube tray with some water and freezing. Then use - directly in its frozen state - in sauces and soup as you need. Check out our Herbs and Spices Guide for more information on flavors, substitutions and recipe ideas.