How to keep Fresh Herbs Fresh

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This is a brief Instructable on how to keep your herbs fresh.

Of course the best way to keep herbs fresh is to grow them yourself and pick them when you need it. Unfortunately, I don't get very much direct sunlight in my place and every attempt to grow my own herbs has failed, so instead I buy bunches of them from the grocery store or farmers market. However, I found that within a day or two of sitting in my refrigerator they start to wilt.

This Instructable will show you a quick and easy way to store herbs in your refrigerator so that they stay fresh for well over a week.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need the following:

-a container such as a jar, glass or mug
-scissors or knife
-plastic bag -I use the thin bags that they have in the produce section of a grocery store
-bunch of herbs that you wish to store such as parsley, cilantro, or any other herb still on its stem
gantsa2 years ago
i also keep parsley and other green stuff like this. they stay green at least for 10days
ecbnicki2 years ago
Wow. I have town away so many herbs because the packaging is too large to use within a day of purchase. Now I may be able to keep them for a little while
Thank you so much
sunshiine4 years ago
Thanks for sharing ChrysN! This is great information!
sbrbrat4 years ago
Thanks for this. I have tried so many times to grow my own herbs and have failed each and every time. With only two in the house to cook for, it can be expensive to buy and then throw away fresh herbs for home cooking. I am anxious to try this as I love to cook.
Kraethi6 years ago
Just a tip, never bunch up sage, it blackens... found out the hard way
ChrysN (author)  Kraethi6 years ago
Thanks, that's good to know.
I tried this and it works fantastic! I have had some fresh cilantro in for a week and it still looks good. Thanks!
A lot of herbs will root this way, Basil, Mint, Oregano and a few others do really well. Great idea and thanks for spreading the word on the value of fresh herbs, there is nothing else as good.
reedz7 years ago
This is neat, but they seem so much darker after you have them in the fridge. Why is this?
ChrysN (author)  reedz7 years ago
Sorry, that is just my camera, I think the one before I put them in the fridge used the flash.