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

A:
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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