How many times have you bought a fresh herb bunch, only to throw it out cause you didn’t use it quickly enough? A wilted slimy bag of green goop, tossed in the garbage – money wasted, and no sage for your favorite lemon-sage chicken dish you just prepped.
I swore I’d never kill innocent aromatics again so I came up with a bunch of herbal fixes and a battle cry to forever Save The Sage. So here’s how to keep fresh herbs fresh…
Thyme, sage, rosemary, savory, oregano… these types of herbs, ones with woody stems, dry very well and maintain their flavor. I hang and dry lavender to make scented sachets too!
Rinse them first and let them dry in a single layer on paper towels.
Tie bunches together with string or twine and hang them upside down in the kitchen or pantry – just be sure they’re not near a heat source.
Cut down sprigs with scissors as you need them.
You can even make them a part of your décor by hanging them from a wrought iron coat rack or pot rack.
Norma chops the last batch of fresh chives straight from her garden.
Chives, cilantro, parsley, mint, basil… these types of herbs, ones with moist leaves and stems, freeze well and maintain their flavor. They’re much more tasty than the dried and jar versions you buy.
For best results it’s really important they’re thoroughly dried before freezing. Rinse and let them dry out in a single layer on paper towels.
Chop them and then roll them up in a freezer bag, making an herb log. Squeeze out the air as you roll it up.
Store it in the freezer and break or cut off pieces as you need them.
Keep the herb log protected from getting broken up in the freezer – it keeps better in one piece.
My last suggestion is to label the bags to easily identify which herbs are which… especially so an unsuspecting freezer goer doesn’t think you’re running another kind of herb business out of your kitchen.
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