How to Store Fresh Herbs

I wanted to share with you a tip I learned about how to store fresh herbs and make them last longer in the refrigerator. We all know how frustrating it is when you buy fresh herbs (and some of them can be pricey) because you need the herb for a new recipe you want to try, but when you go to use it, it looks like it’s been sitting in the fridge forever. I’ve found that if I store the herbs with their stems in water, they’ll last much longer. This works particularly well with parsley, basil, and cilantro. cilantro

So, when you get home with the herbs, trim the bottom of the stems so you have a nice fresh stem for the herbs to drink the water that you’re going to put them in. Alternatively, if you are picking fresh from the garden, no need to trim.

fresh cut cilantro

Now, just put the tops in something sturdy that won’t tip over in the fridge. I like to use a coffee mug, but a mason jar, glass measuring cup, lots of things would work.  You can also freshen up greens in a similar way. When you get home from the grocery store, just trip the bottom of your greens – lettuce, kale, anything in a bunch or head. Run the fresh, trimmed end under cold water and store as you normally would. It will help them last longer if you can’t use them up right away.