What’s the best way to keep herbs fresh?



@VBalabanos: What’s the best way to keep herbs fresh?

Jamie Oliver: I tend to only buy soft, delicate herbs, because I grow woodier ones in the garden. I have sage, oregano, marjoram, bay, rosemary and thyme on the go, as well as mint, which even though it’s a soft herb, does well for most of the year. For soft herbs, I’d recommend bunching them up, trimming the stalks, wrapping them in damp kitchen paper, then popping them in the fridge – it should make a difference and keep them looking chirpy for that little bit longer. Don’t forget, you can always dry your own herbs, or preserve them in oil or butter too.

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3 thoughts on “What’s the best way to keep herbs fresh?

  1. Emancipated Slave May 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    If you have a south facing window, many of the herbs Jamie mentioned can be kept very easily until January and February…. bring the pots in and be certain to water regularly….the pots must have drainage holes, though. It must be a bright, open window where the sun can stream in every day. As with regular watering practices, let the pot dry out just a wee tad and you’re good to go.
    With soft, more fragile herbs, I clean the bundles when I bring them home, and stand them up in half litre canning jars, in water, and place a plastic bag around it. Almost like a mini greenhouse in the frig…. This works amazingly well for cilantro and parsley…

  2. editboy May 18, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Shout at them with a british accent?

  3. TKennit May 18, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    “I grow woodier ones in the garden. I have sage, oregano, marjoram, bay, rosemary and thyme on the go, as well as mint, which even though it’s a soft herb, does well for most of the year.”

    Meanwhile, here in Canada, all of those are quite dead for roughly six months of the year. This answer doesn’t answer the question for the majority of Canadians who have no choice but to buy their herbs from the grocery store in winter.

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