Ways to store the herbs properly

Fresh herbs are like flavor bombs that can significantly change food preparations to our taste. Here are the ways to preserve herbs correctly so that you can use them for a longer duration.

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This is a guide to store various herbs in the best possible way.

Fresh herbs are like flavor bombs that can significantly change food preparations to our taste. Here are the ways to preserve herbs correctly so that you can use them for a longer duration.

Basil. You must keep the pot of basil in a sunny place and water it every other day. However, you must mist it daily. When plucking the leave for use, you should cut the leaf diagonally about an inch below the leaf. These herbs stay fresh when they are potted in the soil. When using store bought basil, first trim the stems and then place them in a jar of water and then loosely cover with a plastic bag. Basil survives best at room temperature so avoid storing them in the fridge as they tend to wilt quickly there.

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Chives. These are quite delicate and they stay best when they are wrapped in a moist thick paper towel. You can also freeze chives after washing and chopping them in an ice cube tray with just a little bit of water.

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Cilantro. The best way to keep them fresh is to dip them in water up to the stem and then place a plastic bag loosely over it. This then can be stored in the fridge.

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Dill. Store it in a mason jar with just a little bit of water. You will have to snip the stems so that the herb fits inside the jar and then close the lid to store them in the fridge.

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Mint. It is a quite a sturdy herb and can be stored both in and out of the fridge.

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Oregano. You can store oregano by placing its stem between the paper towel and then tightly sealing them by rolling them in a plastic wrap or resealable bags.

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Parsley. It is also quite a sturdy herb, which can be wrapped in a thick moist paper towel before storing in the refrigerator. You must trim the ends of parsley before keeping it in the fridge.

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Rosemary. Store it by placing the stems lengthwise on a double layer of the damp paper towel and then roll them in to a log. This can be further wrapped in a plastic or a resealable bag before storing in the fridge.

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Sage. It can be stored by rolling in a paper towel or freezing in an ice cube tray.

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Thyme. It is extremely sturdy and whole stems can be stored in the freezer after placing in a resealable bag. You can also chop them and then freeze them in an ice cube tray with a little bit of water.

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