How to Store Fresh Herbs

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Q: How can I store the fresh herbs I've been growing all summer to enjoy them through the winter months? Peggy O'Brien, Bloomfield, NJ

Almost all herbs can be saved, either by drying or freezing. It's best to dry woody-stemmed and thick-leaved herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano (also, mint, though it doesn't fit the profile). Hang them upside-down in bunches somewhere cool and dry, then strip off the leaves and keep them in an airtight jar.

Soft-leaved herbs like basil and parsley are best frozen: freeze leaves, with a little water, in ice-cube trays. Thaw them out in a colander before using.

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