I’ve always struggled with buying fresh herbs as they have a tendency to go soggy before I get a chance to use them. This is such as shame considering how wonderful they are for the body and that they are a treat to have in the kitchen; the savoury aroma, fresh green beauty and useability in many recipes, teas and GREEN JUICES.
I haven’t had much luck freezing fresh herbs either, as they thaw in a green gunky mess. (if you have tips for freezing herbs, share in the comments pls!)
So what is one to do?
1.) Guide to Keeping Fresh Herbs in the Refrigerator for Over a Week:
BEST FOR: soft herbs that are often added raw to recipes: Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Dill, Mint
Wash in a basin of cold water with a few tbsp of vinegar added (this is actually how I wash all my produce, organic or not). Rinse thoroughly in cold water, wring out and let dry on thick towels. When fairly dry, seal in glass containers. (I avoid plastic!)
2.) Guide to Drying Fresh Herbs for High Flavour Dried Spices:
BEST FOR: I use this for all my spices, if you have an any herbs that are about to wilt, dry them
Hang herb bundle upside down in an area with good ventilation, possibly in the sun. Can hang in a paper bag as well. May also pluck the individual leaves and set them on an unlined baking tray, leaving them out to dry. Air drying herbs works a bit better in the winter when humidity is lower. There are some methods that involve microwaving the herbs, I don’t personally use the microwave if I can help it.
Plan for the drying to take days – weeks. When adequately dry, grind in a mortar and pestle and seal in little glass spice jars.
3.) Guide to Freezing Fresh Herbs in Oil Cubes:
BEST FOR: hard herbs like sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano
This is a brilliant idea for using up herbs. You freeze them covered in olive oil or butter in little ice cube trays and can use them as needed by plopping them into any dish! I first saw Jaime Oliver do this and fell in love with the method.
TIP: Try freezing mint in water cubes and adding it to pitchers of water in the summer.
HERE is great How-To Guide for making the Oil Cubes.