How to store herbs and extend their shelf life

September 03, 2018

How to store herbs and extend their shelf life

Are you sick of food waste? We’ve all been there…We throw leftover herbs in the vegetable bin in hopes that we’ll use them up at some point only to find them rotten and wilted just days later.

Here’s your Rally guide to keeping things fresh!

How to store them-
For parsley, cilantro, mint, tarragon, marjoram, and dill simply trim the bottoms
about ¼ inch or so and then place in a cup filled halfway with fresh water. Wrap a
bag around the top and secure around the cup with a rubber band. This will allow
your herbs to stay fresh much longer! This is a great way to repurpose produce bags from the grocery store.

Another method is to wrap the herbs in a damp towel, paper towel, or my new favorite item by Vejibag (which works wonders!) and store in the fridge.

To store micro-greens and more fragile herbs you can wet a paper towel and wring out so it’s slightky damp. Line the bottom of a storage container and fill your greens. Seal with a loose fitting lid to allow some of the air to circulate. This will keel them from becoming moly or wilty. You can apply this same method to storing berries! Try it next time you bring some home.

How to repurpose leftovers-
Dry - for woodier herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and oregano simply tie them in a
bundle and hang them upside down. Allow them to dry for a week or so until
completely dried out. You can then pulverize them and store in containers to use at
a later time.

Freeze- for more delicate herbs such as parsley, cilantro, basil, mint, and tarragon,
chop up finely (removing the stems or reserving for soups!) and place in ice cube
trays will with olive oil. Once frozen you can remove from the tray and store cubes
in bags until ready to use in soups, pastas, sautés, etc.
I love filling ice cube trays with water and adding mint or basil as a fun way to perk
up a boring glass of water.


Make Pesto- Duh!

Decorate- I love using herbs as a rustic centerpiece on a table. I fill mason jars
(sometimes wrapped in twine or burlap), fill with water and place on tables to
create a beautiful and natural tablescape accompaniment.