How to Store Fresh Herbs to Make Them Last: 6 Methods

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很少有东西如此有益growing herbs from tiny seedsto large, lustrous plants that produce fresh leaves to use in cooking, baking, drinks, or even DIY beauty recipes.

Reaping the rewards of fresh herbs requires proper storage methods so that when it does come time to add that sprig of mint into your tea or those basil leaves into your pesto, they are still fresh enough to avoid the compost pile. Proper storage of herbs can extend their shelf life to weeks instead of just a couple of days and cut down on food waste.

There are several methods to store fresh herbs and ultimately personal preference will dictate which one you opt for.




Hard herbs have a tough stem and will likely snap when bent, such as rosemary, thyme, marjoram, bay leaves, sage, and oregano.

How to Store Herbs in the Fridge


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To store tender herbs在冰箱里,用冷水充满高杯。将草药放在茎上,然后将茎放在水中(像花一样)。定期更换水(每隔几天)。


A similar approach can be taken with hard herbs. Take a cloth, tea towel, or bamboo paper towel and get it damp. Wrap your sprigs of hard herbs with a wet towel and store the bundle in a reusable bag, container, or a closed fridge drawer. This will keep the herbs from losing oxygen in the same way that the bag over the tender herb works. Hard herbs, including rosemary, thyme, chives, sage, and oregano, can last two to three weeks this way.

How to Store Herbs Whole in the Freezer


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Freezing works well for basil, chives, oregano, lemon balm, mint, and tarragon. They can still be used like normal fresh herbs in cooking, though they will be limp and wet within a few minutes out of the freezer. If they are stored in an airtight container, frozen herbs can last for up to a year.

Hard herbs like rosemary, dill, thyme, bay, or sage should be spread in a single layer while still on the stem on a flat surface and placed in the freezer. Once frozen, the herbs can be transferred into a reusable airtight container. They should not stick together since they were initially frozen separately.



Parsley frozen in oil

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Place your chopped herbs in an ice cube tray and pour olive oil over them until fully covered and freeze them. When you are ready to cook with your herbs, the olive oil for your recipe will already be included in your cubes. Basil freezes well in olive oil; so do parsley, cilantro, and sage.


How to Store Herbs as a Puree

Basil herb puree

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You can store your puree in an airtight container or freeze it in an ice cube tray for individual serving sizes. The puree method works well with basil, parsley, oregano, and dill.



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Keep the herbs out of direct sunlight. Check them daily and remove any leaves that have yellowed or darkened. Also, change the water daily. Hard herbs like parsley, rosemary, and thyme can last seven to 10 days on the counter. Basil also works well with this method.

How to Store Herbs After Drying


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