Storing Fresh Herbs

IMG_9278 (550x367)Fresh herbs wake up your palate with every mouthful. Plus they make your everyday meals look extra fancy. I love including fresh herbs to most dishes that I cook.

The only downside to fresh herbs is that they wilt and spoil so quickly.

Here is the best way that I’ve found to store fresh herbs.

  • When you bring fresh herbs home from the store, the first step is to get rid of the rubber band that’s holding the herbs together.
  • Wash them really well and dry them by using a salad spinner.

IMG_9257 (550x367)If you don’t have a salad spinner, you can dry the herbs without it, but the salad spinner works great on getting the herbs dry very thoroughly.

Extra moisture will make the herbs wilt and spoil much quicker.

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  • Place the dry herbs on a paper towel and roll up the paper towel loosely.

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  • Place the herbs inside a ziptop bag but leave it partly open.

The paper towel will wick away the moisture and keep the herbs fresh.

IMG_9269 (550x367)The other great thing about storing herbs this way is that you always have clean dry herbs available. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I don’t add herbs to food just because I’m too lazy to wash it.

It’s also much easier to chop herbs when they’re not wet.IMG_9278 (550x367)

25 Comments

  • Marina

    Thanks for the great tip, Olga. I almost never buy fresh herbs such as cilantro or parsley because my chickens end up getting most of it. Can this method be used to store herbs in the freezer?

    • olgak7

      I usually mince the herbs finely and store in the freezer in a sealed container. It’ll be great added to soups, casseroles, etc. What do you mean that your “chickens end up getting most of it?”
      However, I prefer the taste of fresh herbs, and only freeze them if I can’t use them up quickly enough.

  • Oksana

    I always mince my herbs, and store them in the freezer in ziplock bag. My mom gave me that idea after i’ve complained to her how my herbs bunch would spoil, and it was a waste. And its already washed and minced, ready to add to any dish.

  • Renee

    this is a great idea! we’ve recently been given the opportunity to particpate in the Bountiful Baskets program in our area and frequently the add-ons include fresh herbs which I’ve been just trying to use up in the first couple of days of receiving them. I have heard of others drying them, but would prefer to keep them fresh for longer. thank you!!

  • Liliya

    Hi Olga!
    I usually store my herbs in container in freezer, but I was just wondering how long do they herbs last like this in paper towel?

  • Nina

    Hi, Olechka!
    Thank much for your great job on your website. I absolutely love it (pictures, decoration, colors your explanation etc.)
    and cooked some of your recipies. I also love your tips. It’s a great idea to store fresh herbs using paper towels and even more to dry them using a salad spinner. You are so smart because I have a salad spinner but never used it for drying fresh herbs. I like others just minced it’s and store in my freezer using plastic bags. Your idea is much better. You can use them for decoration or minced later. GREAT JOB!!!

    GOOD LUCK and BLESSING TO YOU!!!

  • asya

    Hi Olga,
    I also store all fresh herbs the same way. Another way I also do is: chop any herbs you want, mix them with a little olive oil and put them in ice cubes container and freeze it. Any time you need it just take one or more cubes and put in soups,gravy,etc.

  • Dorina

    Hi Olga, you didn’t say how long your herbs last when stored like this. I’d be curious to see how it compares to my method. I learned this years ago when I was working at a restaurant: get rid of the rubber band, wash the bunch (no drying), wrap the stems in paper towel which I then soak under the tap, gently squeeze out excess water, place wrapped bunch in a plastic bag and get rid of as much air as you can when you place it in the fridge. Keeps fresh and crunchy for at least two weeks. I store everything green this way, even celery. I should try your method, too. Perhaps divide a bunch of parsley in two and compare. Kitchen experiments, you know.

    • olgak7

      That is a great experiment, Dorina. I would love to hear the results. The herbs usually last for about a week and a half or so, but usually I use them up faster.

  • Tzivia

    Wow now I really get how to store fresh herbs gotta remember to wrap up loosely in the paper towels and then leave the zipper loc bag open a little bit thanx sooooo much luv such gr8 tips

  • Tzivia

    Wow now I really get how to store fresh herbs gotta remember to wrap up loosely in the paper towels and then leave the zipper loc bag open thanx tons luv

    • olgak7

      It really saves me some money not to have to throw out half of the herbs that I buy. Another benefit is that they are already washed and ready to go, so they chop much better when they aren’t too wet.

      • Tzivia

        Yup ditto 4 shizzzssss, not to mention also a big huge time saver for when I need em in a jiffy. Btw olya, I’m gonna try one of your omelette hash dishes tonight. I’ll let ya know how it goes gurl , keep them good eats comin yeaaaaaaa babyyyyyy

    • olgak7

      Another thing that I do sometimes if I know that I won’t be able to use up the herbs that I have, is to chop up the fresh herbs and to freeze them and then I add them to soups and salads and it works great. A trick my Mom taught me:).

  • Olga

    I want say that I got this tip from Olga couple years ago. I just never liked my herbs to be frozen. It really works. My herbs stay fresh for at least a week or more. Thanks Olga for the great tip. I’m so happy you’re back!!!! Cute kiddos:)

  • Alayne

    Thanks Olga, I was wondering what to do with all my parsley and basil I have in my container gardens
    I’m going to wash, spin in salad spinner, chop and then freeze for later use. I tend to use more herbs in the fall and winter when I’m cooking more hot soups, stews and pasta dishes that require herbs.
    I love your recipes and blog . Thanks so much.
    Alayne

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