Storing Fresh Herbs

If you have had a chance to view some of my savory recipes, you will notice, I have a strong like for herbs (cilantro, dill are my fav but also like parsley, basil, and mint (especially mint for fresh tea, yum)..). . Like, a dangerous like on the border of love. I am constantly purchasing herbs because they just don’t stay fresh long. I once heard of storing fresh herbs in jars and am so happy I tried it few months ago. Fresh herbs for weeks and weeks and they look like they were just picked from the garden (they said even up to several months, but herbs never last that long here so didn’t try it). I wish I can credit the person behind this GENIUS idea, but, don’t remember the source.

You don’t necessarily need to use canning Mason jar, if you save jars from marinara or jam, those can be used as well (please tell me I’m not the only one that re-uses those, like all of them).

You don’t want to PACK them in, just lightly fill:)..


Herbs (I have tried cilantro, dill, parsley and basil)

Mason jars


Wash herbs under cold water. Lay them out on either a paper towel or kitchen towel and pat dry. I do mine on a paper towel and just keep changing the paper towel until it is no longer wet.

Wash your jar(s) and lid(s) with soap and water and dry. Add the herbs to the jars and refrigerate. THAT IS IT FOLKS!!. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! I love, love this!! When you need herbs open you fancy jar, get the desired amount and put the rest back in the fridge.

If you are just as excited as much, share your thoughts. I love hearing from you guys!. What are you favorite herbs and how do you store them? Do any of you grow yours indoors in a flower pot?

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5 from 5 votes

Storing Fresh Herbs

Storing Fresh Herbs for weeks.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: herbs
Servings: 10 servings


  • Your favorite herbs
  • Mason jars


  • Wash herbs under cold water. Lay them out on either a paper towel or kitchen towel and pat dry. I do mine on a paper towel and just keep changing the paper towel until it is no longer wet.
  • Wash your jar(s) and lid(s) with soup and water and dry. Add the herbs to the jars and refrigerate. THAT IS IT FOLKS!!. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! I love, love this!! When you need herbs open you fancy jar, get the desired amount and put the rest back in the fridge.
How to Store Fresh Herbs.

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  • Lucinda Helmuth 10/15/2019, 8:48 pm Link Reply

    Oh my yes i save my marinara jars, some even have measurements on them now. They are great for lots of stuff, we even use them as flower vases. I just got a bunch of herbs to use to make some salad dressings and your site has been very helpful thank you

    • Valentina's Corner 10/16/2019, 9:32 am Link Reply

      Cindy, I am so glad you found our blog helpful! Thanks for visiting our online home.

  • Trish 08/07/2019, 1:59 pm Link Reply

    Last year I searched all over trying to find dill tor pickles and would get 3 or 4 sprigs for $3-5.00 each! So this year I planted a bunch. And now I have A TON left over. Thanks for all the different kinds of storing!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/08/2019, 4:25 pm Link Reply

      You can never have too much herbs, sounds wonderful, Trish. 🙂

  • Darlene 06/23/2018, 2:47 pm Link Reply

    How long do herbs last in the fridge?

    • admin 06/24/2018, 10:11 am Link Reply

      Up to two weeks, Darlene. 🙂

  • Vanessa 06/19/2018, 11:42 am Link Reply

    Those look great! How long do they keep in there?

  • Cristina Gonzalez 06/11/2018, 6:39 pm Link Reply

    Thanks for this brilliant idea! I buy a lot of herbs and it is so sad that they just die! I will try your method.
    Thanks, thanks, thanks!

    • admin 06/12/2018, 12:12 pm Link Reply

      I totally agree with you, Cristina! 🙂 So easy and does a wonderful job.

  • Jody 05/14/2018, 11:59 am Link Reply

    I thought basil wasn’t supposed to be refrigerated?

  • Tatyana 12/04/2017, 10:26 pm Link Reply

    Wow, love it! Have tried it a couple times and wowed how long it can be stored for!Thank you so much for sharing, may God continue blessing you and family! ♡

    • admin 12/06/2017, 7:35 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Tatyana. I love hearing that. 🙂 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful time getting ready for the holidays.

  • Kathy Turcotte 09/26/2017, 5:47 pm Link Reply

    I am so glad I saw this! I recently moved into a condo and I created an herb garden on the patio. It’s up on a hill 3rd story so I get lots of sunlight. My basil got huge and I was hoping to save it before winter. All my herbs did great in pots.

    • admin 09/28/2017, 12:27 pm Link Reply

      Kathy, I’m so glad to hear this! Congratulations on the new condo, it sounds lovely. Storing herbs is always a good idea, I hope you loved this method. 🙂

  • Juanita 09/07/2017, 9:44 am Link Reply

    I freeze my herbs in oil, but now that the growing season is coming to a close I am going to try this to have fresh herbs longer. Thank you.

    • admin 09/07/2017, 10:26 am Link Reply

      Hope you enjoy this method, Juanita. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Katie 08/25/2017, 3:42 pm Link Reply

    I will absolutely try this the next time I get some herbs! I’m always so annoyed at how quickly they wilt, cilantro especially. And this is so simple, too! Thank you! 🙂

    • admin 08/31/2017, 10:10 am Link Reply

      I feel you, Katie. Same here. I hope you like this idea:)

  • Ms 08/05/2016, 12:52 pm Link Reply

    I have always tried putting in a glass jar filled with water putting the stems of plant in water and covering with a plastic slit bag and placing in the refrigerator, but only last for so long, maybe a week.

    Thank you, sounds absolutely wonderful! Been trying to preserve for a long time. Don’t like freezing unless making soups/stews/chili. I prefer fresh for other things. This look like a good way to do that. Thank you again for sharing.

    • admin 08/06/2016, 12:36 am Link Reply

      Ms, Hi there!!! Oh I sure how you give this a try. I think you will love the results☺☺…

    • Peggy G. 04/03/2018, 2:39 am Link Reply

      I have a random thought. What if you don’t wash them first, but only as you remove them for use? Then you wouldn’t have to be concerned about them being 100% dry.

      • admin 04/04/2018, 12:06 am Link

        Hi, Peggy. Never thought of that. Sounds kind of genius! I am going to have to try that! Hhhhmm. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  • Ella 10/01/2015, 5:44 pm Link Reply

    Hi there! How long do the herbs remain fresh?

    • admin 10/01/2015, 6:22 pm Link Reply

      Ella, If they are completely dry when you put them in a jars are dry they will last for weeks. Mine never last that long cause I just love herbs so much and get new ones on my grocery days:)..

  • Nadia 10/01/2015, 3:00 pm Link Reply

    Hi..what you mean washing your jars and lids with soup?

    • admin 10/01/2015, 6:20 pm Link Reply

      Nadia. Yes mam. 🙂

    • Galina 10/09/2015, 6:46 pm Link Reply

      I think she meant soap. 🙂

      • admin 10/09/2015, 11:57 pm Link

        Galinochka…. Oh my… Hahaha. I just had such a good laugh. Thank you and yes I meant SOAP:) :)~…

  • Ella 09/14/2015, 6:52 am Link Reply

    Hi Valentina:) do you think if parsley will be ok too? I steal have in my garden..
    I really like your blog! Enjoying 🙂

    • admin 09/14/2015, 10:41 pm Link Reply

      Hello Ella:) Yup. Yup. Parsley works perfect. I do parsley, dill and cilantro.:) (be sure it’s completely dry). Thank you your kind comment, we’re glad your here!

  • Katya @ Little Broken 09/06/2015, 9:30 pm Link Reply

    It’s that simple?! I’m going to have to remember this trick next time. I usually use up all my fresh herbs but my mama always used to chop them up and freeze in tupperware or I’ll take a damp paper towel, wrap them up and refrigerate.

    • admin 09/08/2015, 11:21 pm Link Reply

      Yup we did both freezing and damp towel. I just love this b/c it’s just so simple:).

  • Tanya 08/29/2015, 11:25 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for sharing this invaluable tip!!!!!! I so appreciate your posts and all of your hard work!!!! Can I also ask you how do you store mint? Mine turns brown before it gets a chance to dry, even though I put it on a dry towel that is layered by a dry paper towel in a single layer. Thank you again!!!!

    • admin 09/01/2015, 5:05 pm Link Reply

      Tanya, ur too kind:).. I grow my mint in a flower pot (never tried storing it with this method). I dry them at the end of garden season too. I take a bunch and tie them (or spread it out on a table) in a warm place and in about 2 weeks, it’s completely dry. Then I just trim off the leaves and store them in a container. Add to hot tea as needed:). The dry leaf turns green and large again as when submerged in hot water:).
      {Great for making mint tea in the winter, then refrigerate. Saves money and tastes awesome :)…} We prefer homemade tea and kompot over store bought juices :)..

  • You kidding me! Really? I have to try this out. I cut my herb to small pieces and freeze them in the freezer zip lock bags. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    • admin 08/30/2015, 3:22 pm Link Reply

      Valechka, I love freezing herbs as well but nothing beats fresh herbs for weeks:)..

  • Alla N. 08/29/2015, 12:02 am Link Reply

    Can’t wait to try it.. :-).. Love your blog..

    • admin 08/30/2015, 3:20 pm Link Reply

      Thank you Allka for the sweet comment. 🙂 You will love it..:)

  • Salina 08/28/2015, 11:12 pm Link Reply

    What?? No way??. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

    • admin 08/30/2015, 3:19 pm Link Reply

      Salina.. Yup. That’s what I originally said too..:)

  • Luba 08/28/2015, 10:58 pm Link Reply

    Love this!! I hate how fast herbs go bad after buying them- will do this after my grocery shopping tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

    • admin 08/30/2015, 3:18 pm Link Reply

      You will love it:)..

      • Val 11/02/2017, 12:27 pm Link

        What about celery?

      • admin 11/06/2017, 12:12 pm Link

        Hi, Val.
        Never tried it with celery, honestly, so I am not for sure. I’ll have to try that.

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