Thursday, April 30, 2009

Is there a way to make fresh herbs last longer?

A bouquet of fresh herbs is a fabulous ingredient to have on hand. And, let's face it, there are often herbs leftover because most recipes only call for a few tablespoons of the stuff. Since they are so fragile, they will perish quickly in your fridge if they are not properly kept. We have found the best way is to treat the herbs like fresh flowers, especially the leafy ones like basil, parsley, cilantro and mint. When you buy them make sure they are bright green and fresh looking. If they are limp, they may already be on their way out!
Next, cut an inch or two off the bottom (see!... just like flowers!) and place them into a cup or jar with some water so as to keep them hydrated and extend their life. (Don't wash them just yet!)

When using the herbs, cut or pull off as much as you need and wash only that amount right before using.
Even if the recipe doesn't call for them, sprinkle a few spoonfuls of chopped herbs to finish a dish for extra brightness.

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