How long to fresh herbs last? How should they be stored to best preserve their flavor?

Question by apriljaymes: How long to fresh herbs last? How should they be stored to best preserve their flavor?
I have all of these wonderful recipes that call for fresh herbs…but i’d hate to buy spendy little bundles of them, only use a tiny bit, and then the rest go to waste. How long do fresh herbs last anyway? How can i keep them fresh for as long as possible?

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Answer by winenut
Store them in a glass of water (like flowers in a vase) in your refrigerator. You should get a week or more out of them. Change the water often.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I am a former chef and agree with “H-mans” way, I also put mine in a ziplok bags, just make sure for fragile herbs like basil and cilantro to use dry paper towels the moisture will turn them black.

    If you keep them in the crisper/veg keeper, they can last a few weeks, the only thing I find works like the first person added is parsley. As for growing your own, that is fine if your first have a sunny and large window sill, not a cold area and gets the late day sun. I start my seedlings up here in Canada in early March in seedling trays then in moss pots and transplant them in May.

    You can do the same thing indoors but make sure to expect alot and using them sometimes is alot harder than you think, buy them during the winter and grow them in the summer.