How to Store Fresh Herbs?
Herbs are usually sold in bunches – yet all that your recipes usually need is, only a dash of fresh herbs. Therefore, it is important to know how to store fresh herbs most effectively in our kitchens.
You can store fresh herbs in the following ways:
• Rinse the fresh herbs well, so that they are cleaned and dirt-free.
• Take a paper towel and wrap the fresh herbs loosely with it.
• Now, place the herbs in a zip-lock pouch.
• Store the bag in the refrigerator’s crisper.
• Ensure that you continue to trim off the leaves as and when needed. This will prevent the other leaves of the bunch from rotting and hence, keep the herb fresher for a longer time.
There is another process of storing fresh herbs in the refrigerator, which is followed quite commonly as well. For this, the steps are listed below:
• Rinse the herbs well.
• Take the herbs and trim off their stems.
• Place the trimmed stems in a shallow glass of water.
• To prevent them from drying out, cover the herbs with a plastic bag. You can also puncture a few holes in the bag to let the herbs breathe.
• Store in the refrigerator’s crisper. Trim off the leaves as and when needed to prevent the other leaves from rotting.
Fresh herbs stored in this process can last for weeks. Basil stays fresh for almost 2 weeks. Other herbs like rosemary, oregano, parsley or coriander leaves can last longer.
If you want to store the herbs for a longer period, that is, more than 2 weeks, freezing is a good idea.
To freeze fresh herbs, follow the steps below:
• Rinse the herbs well so that it is well-cleaned.
• Remove the leaves from the stems.
• Take a zip-lock bag. Spread the leaves of the herbs in the bag in a single layer.
• Lay the bag flat in the freezer.
This is a more effective method of storing fresh herbs than drying them. This is because frozen herbs, when thawed, retain their freshness to a greater extent. You can store fresh herbs in this method for almost a year. However, the longer you store, the more it loses its flavor. Hence, when stored for quite some time, use in generous proportions, in more quantities than what the recipe originally calls for.
Thus, store fresh herbs in an effective way and enjoy their fresh flavor and aroma for a longer time.