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Old 12-15-2006, 08:36 AM   #11
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Actually, except for chives, both parsley & basil - as well as rosemary - can be kept in a cup of water, although like I posted before, basil seems to prefer living in a cup of water outside of the refrigerator.

In fact, upon occasion I've had both rosemary & basil put out roots while in cups of water.
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Old 12-15-2006, 01:15 PM   #12
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Many herbs can be frozen with no damage to the taste and texture. Tarragon and Dill Weed take exception to the texture thing but not the taste!

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Old 12-15-2006, 02:30 PM   #13
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fawn, I do not use a towel. Place the herbs in a small plastic container and place in Freezer. The will keep one year, green, tasty and fine.
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:42 PM   #14
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so, if i freeze the herbs, just place them in plastic container.. can i use ziplock? and place in the freezer? no damp towel needed? Freezer is better than just chiller?
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Old 12-16-2006, 11:44 PM   #15
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Yep, just freeze them. A zip-lock type bag works as well as a sealed plastic container. I never know what or how much of a fresh herb I might need because I rarely do much menu-planning. It's nice to have almost fresh herbs right there. I'm not adverse to using dried herbs, either.

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Old 12-16-2006, 11:58 PM   #16
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I absolutely agree with getting as much of the moisture off the fresh herbs as possible. I find my OXO salad spinner(I've had 3 other different models prior to that one and none of them have come even close to lasting as long as this one--kids LOVE to help with this toy) to be indispensable for both lettuce and herbs for removing excess moisture that's already been mentioned in a previous post. Afterwards, I place them in a baggie with a paper towel as well. I've never frozen basil before because I use it mainly in Southeast Asian dishes and it HAS to be fresh but I don't see why you couldn't add it to stews, soups etc..
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Old 12-17-2006, 12:21 AM   #17
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Great information! I love mint and that is one I have a terrible time keeping fresh.
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Old 12-17-2006, 06:18 PM   #18
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I absolutely agree with getting as much of the moisture off the fresh herbs as possible. I find my OXO salad spinner(I've had 3 other different models prior to that one and none of them have come even close to lasting as long as this one--kids LOVE to help with this toy) to be indispensable for both lettuce and herbs for removing excess moisture that's already been mentioned in a previous post. Afterwards, I place them in a baggie with a paper towel as well. what's the reason for the towel inside a bag? are u referring to freezing or chilling the herbs? luvcookin oh, i also need mint leaves, how do i keep them fresh, i heard you soak them in cold water in the fridge, but i dont' know for how long...
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I absolutely agree with getting as much of the moisture off the fresh herbs as possible. I find my OXO salad spinner(I've had 3 other different models prior to that one and none of them have come even close to lasting as long as this one--kids LOVE to help with this toy) to be indispensable for both lettuce and herbs for removing excess moisture that's already been mentioned in a previous post. Afterwards, I place them in a baggie with a paper towel as well.
what's the reason for the towel inside a bag? are u referring to freezing or chilling the herbs? luvcookin oh, i also need mint leaves, how do i keep them fresh, i heard you soak them in cold water in the fridge, but i dont' know for how long...
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Old 12-17-2006, 07:07 PM   #20
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Mint lasts well both in & out of the refrigerator in a glass of water - like a flower bouquet. In fact, kept this way outside of the fridge, it will produce roots & can be potted up & kept on a sunny windowsill.
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