Sunday, October 7, 2012

How to store fresh herbs

Today, I want to help you make your herbs last longer.

1. Snip off the bottom of the stems.

2. Make sure the leaves are completely dry.  Better to hold off rinsing them until you're about ready to use them.

3. Fill a jar or a water glass partially full of water and place the stem ends of the herbs into the water in the jar.

4. If you are storing herbs in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a plastic bag Cilantro loves cool temperatures and should be stored in the refrigerator. Parsley can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Basil is ideally stored at room temperature and not in the refrigerator, because it is susceptible to damage from cold.

5. Change the water after several days if the water starts to discolor.

Fresh parsley, cilantro, basil, and other fresh herbs can last up to 2 weeks or longer when stored this way.

Also when getting produce that is fresh, be aware you may find bugs, worms and occasionally a frog from our farm. We try our best not to use pesticides, we use OMNI approved safe sprays and good old dawn detergent, vegetable oil and water to keep down the pests. Be sure to wash everything good and enjoy!!