Improve The Shelf Life Of Herbs With These Easy Hacks

Improve The Shelf Life Of Herbs With These Easy Hacks

Freeze herbs in an olive oil

Chop your herbs and place them softly in an ice cube tray. Fill the tray by pouring an olive oil over the herbs, until they are completely immersed and then freeze them. At the time of cooking, put the cubes in the pan, and the olive oil will thaw and add to your recipe. You can freeze basil, parsley, sage, and cilantro in the olive oil. Frozen herbs can last for six  to nine months.

Freeze herbs as an ice cubes

Freezing plays wonders for chives, basil, oregano, tarragon, lemon balm, and mint. Frozen herbs can be directly utilized for cooking, but it is necessary to note that, after defrosting, even if your herbs feel compliant, their flavor will not be compromised. If frozen herbs are appropriately stored in airtight containers, they can last almost a year.

Make a herb paste.

Herb pastes serve as an unbelievable marinade on veggies and can be mixed into spreads or dips. To make herb paste, you require to pluck out the leaves of the herbs from their stems and put them in a blender. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil and keep pulsing the leaves until they are sensitively shredded. Your herb puree can last nearly thirteen to fourteen days if you store it in the refrigerator.

Store at room temperature such as vase flowers

While freezing or refrigerating herbs generally improves shelf life, you may even preserve your fresh herbs at room temperature by caring for them as vase flowers. Trim the stems before immersing them in the water. Keep the vase of herbs away from direct exposure to the sunlight. Check on them daily and pluck out the leaves that have darkened or yellowed. Even , you require to change the water every day. Hard herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley can last for nearly 7 to 10 days at room temperature.

Dry a your herbs

Gather your herbs in bundles, and tie their stems with a string and suspend them upside down in a dry and warm place. With time your herbs will start to shrink in volume. It takes about four to five days for the herbs to dry out totally. After this, you require to pluck out the dried leaves from the stems and store them in an airtight container in a dark and cool place. Dried herbs can last for almost six months.


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