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

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

Step 2: Prepare Herbs

Cut tips off the ends of the stem, about 1cm or so.
Add water to container, not all the way to top, leave some room for displacement.

Step 3: Place Herbs in Container

Place herbs in container, put plastic bag over top of herbs and put the whole thing
in refrigerator. The plastic bag should remain open at the bottom to let air in.

Step 4: Enjoy Your Fresh Herbs

To use herbs, just reach under plastic bag and snip off what you need.
If you would like, change the water after a week so they last longer.



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    11 Discussions


    6 years ago on Step 3

    i also keep parsley and other green stuff like this. they stay green at least for 10days


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    I tried this and it works fantastic! I have had some fresh cilantro in for a week and it still looks good. Thanks!

    Fish Nerd

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is neat, but they seem so much darker after you have them in the fridge. Why is this?

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry, that is just my camera, I think the one before I put them in the fridge used the flash.