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Old 02-06-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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Preserving soft herbs?

Hi guys,

Wondering if anyone know the best way to preserve fresh soft herbs (e.g. coriander, basil etc) so they are kept in good condition for cooking for as long as possible?

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Old 02-06-2011, 02:04 PM   #2
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Hi guys,

Wondering if anyone know the best way to preserve fresh soft herbs (e.g. coriander, basil etc) so they are kept in good condition for cooking for as long as possible?

Thanks
Welcome!!

Good question! I hate spending the money on these and not being able to use them all. Even with parsley and cilantro. Hope we get some good ideas!
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:11 PM   #3
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I have found that when they are wrapped in plastic with few holes for moisture to escape they tend to last the longest. I keep corriander, parsley in a tall yogurt container with an inch of water in the bottom to feed the roots. Then I wrap the top loosley in plastic, or cover it with a clear plastic produce bag and put an elastic around the container.. Like a little greenhouse. A bunch of parsley from the supermarket will last three weeks this way in my fridge.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:18 PM   #4
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Wrap in damp kitchen paper and then into a plastic sealed container kept in the fridge. Change the damp paper once a week, they will last at least 3 weeks. Have kept loads of different herbs very successfully like this.

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Old 02-06-2011, 03:59 PM   #6
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Chop and freeze them into ice cubes.

I'd bet the water would have time to get infused with the freshly chopped herb before freezing into a little flavor bomb!
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:58 PM   #7
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Wrap in damp kitchen paper and then into a plastic sealed container kept in the fridge. Change the damp paper once a week, they will last at least 3 weeks. Have kept loads of different herbs very successfully like this.

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Will definately try your method. Thanks for posting.

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Old 03-29-2011, 02:04 PM   #8
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Best method is to grow pots of fresh herbs on your kitchen window sill and clip off what you need. Pruning them keeps them healthy and bushy.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:33 PM   #9
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You could make sort of a "pesto" out of each type of herb by itself and freeze that into cubes.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:23 PM   #10
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Lee Valley has an herb pod in two sizes, designed for keeping fresh herbs:
Lee Valley Tools - Gifts for Woodworkers, Gifts for Gardeners
Page through until you find it. Looks good.
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