Storing Fresh Herbs

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:)..

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Ingredients:

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

Mason jars

Directions:

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 herbs and dry

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.

storing fresh herbs

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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Storing Fresh Herb
Storing Fresh Herbs
Storing Fresh Herbs for weeks.
Ingredients
  • Your favorite herbs
  • Mason jars
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

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  • Darlene 06/23/2018, 2:47 pm

    How long do herbs last in the fridge?

    • admin 06/24/2018, 10:11 am

      Up to two weeks, Darlene. 🙂

  • Vanessa 06/19/2018, 11:42 am

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

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

    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

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

  • Jody 05/14/2018, 11:59 am

    I thought basil wasn’t supposed to be refrigerated?

  • Tatyana 12/04/2017, 10:26 pm

    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

      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

    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

      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

    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

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

  • Katie 08/25/2017, 3:42 pm

    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

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

  • Ms 08/05/2016, 12:52 pm

    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

      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

      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

        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

    Hi there! How long do the herbs remain fresh?

    • admin 10/01/2015, 6:22 pm

      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

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

    • admin 10/01/2015, 6:20 pm

      Nadia. Yes mam. 🙂

    • Galina 10/09/2015, 6:46 pm

      I think she meant soap. 🙂

      • admin 10/09/2015, 11:57 pm

        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

    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

      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

    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

      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

    Valechka,
    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

      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 :)..

  • Valya @ Valya's Taste of Home 08/29/2015, 1:33 am

    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

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

  • Alla N. 08/29/2015, 12:02 am

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

    • admin 08/30/2015, 3:20 pm

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

  • Salina 08/28/2015, 11:12 pm

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

    • admin 08/30/2015, 3:19 pm

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

  • Luba 08/28/2015, 10:58 pm

    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

      You will love it:)..

      • Val 11/02/2017, 12:27 pm

        What about celery?

      • admin 11/06/2017, 12:12 pm

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

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