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Old 12-13-2006, 07:07 AM   #1
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How long to store fresh herbs?

I need fresh herbs to be used by friday.

I'll be buying the herbs, particularly: rosemary, parsley, chives, basil on Sunday

Can they still be fresh even after 5 days? If yes, how do i store?

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Old 12-13-2006, 07:18 AM   #2
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They can last up to a week if you store them separately in an airtight container or a ziplog bag unwashed and put them in the vegetable compartment of the fridge.
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Old 12-13-2006, 07:36 AM   #3
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in order of decay, Basil will go 1`st, parsley and chives will follow soon after, the more Woody herbs like Rosmary or Thyme will easily do the week.
I personaly put mine in Paper bags and then in the fridge, OR even in a little tumbler with some water in the bottom as if they were cut flowers.
be sure to change the water Regularly though, at least twice a day.
as a point of interest, Chives and Basil will grow quite happily indoors on the kitchen windows sill, and you can just take off what you need when you want it :)
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:12 AM   #4
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Rosemary can last far longer than a week.

I cut my chives from a plant on the balcony so I don't know for sure, but it should last as well as parsley.

For the parsley and basil (and chives in your case) I'd wash and dry well then put in a ziplock as Boufa suggested, with a damp (only) paper towel within.
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:32 AM   #5
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Basil goes bad faster in the fridge than the others because it's essentially a warm-weather semi-tropical plant.

You might want to try keeping your basil out of the fridge in a glass of water - like flowers. Depending on its quality & when it was harvested, it might keep longer that way. Basil is not particularly cold-hardy. You could also try the water glass thing on the top shelf of your fridge as well, but frankly I'd still keep some outside of the fridge just in case.
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Old 12-13-2006, 12:56 PM   #6
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i have used both rosemary and thyme upto 3 almost 4 weeks and not had any problems.

parsely on the other hand i cannot get to last more than 1 week tops...
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:03 PM   #7
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in order of decay, Basil will go 1`st, parsley and chives will follow soon after, the more Woody herbs like Rosmary or Thyme will easily do the week.
That about exactly what I was going to say. The longest I've been able to kep basil is about 8 days, but that may have been a fluke. At the restaurant, on the rare occassion that it doesn;t get used, our basil lasts 8 days easily. As mentioned, parsley and chives go soon after basil, and the thyme and rosemary are probably good for close to a month.

The key to keeping that basil fresh is to make sure it is bone dry when it goes into the fridge, and making sure your fridge is cold enough. To make herbs last longer, get your fridge as cold as you can without freezing things, and keep them in ziploc bags with some paper towel for the first day or two, to absorb any missed moisture. This is important for the chives/basil/parsley, not as much for th rosemary/thyme. Also, if you start to notice that one or two leaves are starting to go bad and dicolor on your, pull them out immeditaely. I would check for that daily.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:14 PM   #8
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wash, shake off water, place a damp paper towel in the bottom of a baggie, place herbs separately in each bag - they should last. YT is right about the order in which they will "go" - some might not last as long as 5 days - it depends on how old they are to begin with too.
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:35 PM   #9
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All of the above. You can have "almost fresh". Place the herbs in a small
plastic covered container and store in freezer. They will stay green and still have the fresh taste for one year.
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:25 AM   #10
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For the parsley and basil (and chives in your case) I'd wash and dry well then put in a ziplock as Boufa suggested, with a damp (only) paper towel within.
-----------> should i wrap the herbs inside the towel? or just place the towel inside the bag along with the herbs?

I heard that rosemary can be placed in a cup with water and store in the refrigerator? Unlike for parsley,chives, basil, which should be stored in ziplock...
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