Herbs have an arsenal of flavors and aromas that can instantly bring out the best in food. Any dish will instantly taste better when the right herbs are used, that’s why professional chefs and home cooks all love having these aromatic plants in the kitchen.
Now, it’s easy to keep your favorite herbs fresh if you follow some basic guidelines. With the proper technique, you should be able to preserve their freshness for weeks.
To preserve leafy herbs like basil, mint and cilantro, first get rid of any plastic coverings. Herbs easily rot and get slimy when they’re not removed from their plastic packaging, so be sure to do this immediately. After taking out the plastic, give them a little spin and dry them gently. Next, put them in a container with clean water and simply store it in the fridge. Remember to change the water every 2 days to keep your herbs fresh.
For fresh and stemmy herbs like oregano, rosemary and thyme, get a paper towel and place the herbs in a single layer. Roll ’em up and then place then inside a half-opened zip bag. Store it in your vegetable crisper and check regularly for any signs of rot.
You can also preserve dried herbs for at least 6 months. The key is to keep the herbs away from sunlight and moisture. Exposure to moisture and hot temperatures will cause them to lose their flavor and crispiness. For effective long-term storage, just put your herbs in an airtight container and then freeze them until it’s time to use them.
So those are the basics to keeping your herbs fresher for longer. Check out the infographic for more details and don’t forget to share, tweet and pin this blog post!
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