Fresh herbs make food taste amazing. They are that little something extra in a meal that takes it over the top. The problem is they can go bad in a matter of days if they are not washed and stored properly.
If you are new to cooking with fresh herbs, it can be confusing to know exactly how to wash and store them best. For the longest time, I did not have a method for doing so and my herbs would go bad so fast, every time I bought them. The crazy thing is, I actually believed that this was just the way that it was, when it came to fresh herbs. I later realized that was simply not true, though.
There is a way to wash and store fresh herbs in a way that will help them last longer. Today I’m going to share my method for washing and storing fresh herbs. If you want to keep your herbs fresh and be able to store them in your fridge longer, let me show you how!
Step By Step Instructions For Washing Fresh Herbs
Step #1: Remove herbs from the stem
The first step is a really simple one. All you need to do is pull your herbs off of the stem.
Step #2: Put herbs in cold water with a few tablespoons of vinegar
Fill a bowl that is big enough to fit all of your herbs with water. Once the water is in the bowl, add a few tablespoons of white vinegar. The vinegar helps to cleanse the herbs in a natural way. I like to use white vinegar because it cleanses the herbs better than plain water would.
Step #3: Let sit for about 5-10 minutes
Let the herbs sit in the water mixture for about 5-10 minutes.
Step #4: Drain Herbs
Drain the water-vinegar mixture from your herbs. Once you’ve drained your herbs, give them one last rinse. Make sure to drain off as much water as possible.
Step #5: Put the herbs between napkins and press
Once you have drained as much water as you can off of your herbs, put them between napkins and press. I like to put two napkins on the top and two on the bottom.
Step #6: Remove as much water as possible
Once you’ve pressed out as much water as you can, get a few more napkins, put the herbs on top, and roll tightly. Let the herbs sit for a few minutes to get out as much water as possible. Herbs will last longer the less water that is on them.
Step 7: Get Ready To Store Your Herbs
Unroll your napkins and prepare your container for storing your herbs.
Step By Step Instructions For Storing Fresh Herbs
Step #1: Prepare your container for storage
To prepare your container for storing your fresh herbs, place two napkins at the bottom of a bowl or storage bag. The napkin will soak up any additional water that may still be on the herbs. Again, the name of the game is dry herbs. The drier you can keep your herbs, the longer they will last.
Step #2: Place herbs in a storage container
Place your fully washed herbs in your storage container, on top of your napkins.
Step #3: Top with napkins
Top your herbs with another napkin or two.
Step #4: Seal your container
Before putting your herbs into your refrigerator you need to seal your container. If you are using a bowl, simply place a tight-fitting lid on top. If you are using a storage bag all you need to do, at this point, is make sure all of the air is out of the bag and zip it up.
Step #5: Store in your refrigerator
The last step is to put your herbs in the refrigerator and use them as needed.
It’s as simple as that! My method for washing and storing fresh herbs is so easy, but it works really well. Try it out and let me know what you think!