How to Buy and Store Herbs
Follow this guide to keep basil, parsley, cilantro and other herbs fresh and flavorful.
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Learn how to buy fresh herbs and keep them that way.
Leafy Herbs (Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Mint, Dill, Chives, Tarragon)
At the market, look for perky bunches and avoid any brown, bruised or yellow leaves. When it comes to basil, get the most out of it by buying a bunch that still has roots attached.
For basil, trim basil roots, put them in a glass of water, cover it loosely with a plastic bag and store it at room temperature – instant greenhouse! For all others, including cilantro, parsley and mint, remove the rubber band holding the bunch together. The rubber band causes the stems to break down, which leads to quicker decay. From there, wrap loosely in damp paper towels and store in the fridge in a resealable bag.Use them within one week (depending on the type and freshness of the bunch).
Woody Herbs (Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Sage, Lavender)
Look for healthy-looking sprigs with leaves firmly attached. Avoid bunches that are black or moldy.
Woody herbs will last a couple of weeks stored in a damp paper towel in a resealable plastic bag.
Add Flavor to Your Meal
No matter which herbs you're dealing with, clean them in a large bowl of water before you use them.
You can quickly dry them by pumping big bunches in a salad spinner. With fresh herbs at your fingertips, you can brighten up any meal – get started with some inspiring ideas below.
Lemon-Herb Shrimp Packets
Parsley and basil infuse the olive oil as the shrimp bakes. Have frozen shrimp on hand? Feel free to use that for convenience.
Chicken with a Lemon Herb Sauce
Blend up parsley, mint and lemon into a bright sauce perfect for dressing up chicken breast.
Parsnip Soup with Coriander and Parsley
Pro tip: add an extra layer of flavor and eye-catching color to creamy soups by sprinkling on a handful of fresh herbs.
Herbs aren't just for garnishing; treat them like lettuce and mix them into your next salad to take your greens to the next level.
Roasted Carrots with Herbs
A short and simple ingredient list let's the woody and fresh herbs shine.