Fresh Herbs Can Last Longer: Try These Tips To Preserve Your Herbs.
Fresh herbs can last longer if you take a little time to preserve them. And truly, this does not take any more effort than necessary-just a little initiative. Imagine your bunches of parsley, celery, dill, and cilantro all looking and smelling fresh, days after you bought them. I am sure it feels awesome!
Can you imagine life without air? Ok. Maybe that’s unimaginable! But can you imagine food without herbs and spices? Eating food will be boring and we will feel like we are back in the days when we were hunters who just ate food in order to survive. Herbs add flavor, taste, and appeal to food. They bring out the best in our food. They trigger and elevate our appetite and transform any meal from “oh no!” to “oh yes!”. Many herbs also have medicinal benefits.
Fresh Herbs Have Medicinal Benefits
Some medicinal benefits of herbs include they contain antioxidants, vitamins, and phytosterols that fight against toxins and harmful germs in our boy. They boost our immune system by helping our body resist and recover from infections and inflammation. In addition, many culinary herbs have a pleasant smell which is appealing to many people and improve their appetite.
Fresh Herbs Can Be Preserved in Many Ways
There are many herbs grown in different parts of the world and, new herds emerge every day. For the purpose of this post, I am going to talk only about how to preserve some culinary herbs. There are various ways to preserve culinary herbs. These range from drying into leaves or powdered forms to pickling and freezing.
It is hard to keep fresh herbs for long. This is because they are usually leafy, highly perishable and, we need them in small amounts for cooking. I have particularly found placing my fresh leafy herbs in a jar of water and keeping them in the fridge to be an effective way to keep them for a little longer-retaining their fresh aroma, their crispy feel, and awesome taste. The herbs that particularly do well with this preservation method are parsley, celery, basil, dill, mint, cilantro, and thyme.
Tips For Preserving Fresh Herbs
Buy the Fresh Herbs in the Season.
When you buy the herb in season, you are likely to be sure it is fresh. You can ask your grocery simple, polite questions about the herb. Questions such as when was the herb harvested? How much longer can it last staying fresh? How should you preserve it? etc. Fro my experience with local grocers, they are always delighted to answer these questions. They feel you care about their work and their produce and you want the best out of your herbs. So, don’t hesitate to ask your grocer about your herbs or other vegetables you buy from them. Just ask.
Check Fresh Herbs for dead leaves, broken or damaged stems and roots.
Damaged stems and roots are a sign that the herb has stayed days after harvest and there is the possibility of wilting or contamination and molds growing in the herb. These not only change the color of the herb but the taste as well. it can also have health hazards if molding and decay have started taking place. This can cause food poisoning and other food-related infections.
Wash Your Fresh Herbs Thoroughly
I cannot over-emphasize this point. Fresh-looking herbs or other vegetables for that matter does not mean they are clean and save. Do not rely on the fact that the grocer has washed them and they look clean. Ensure you thoroughly wash your fresh herbs in free-flowing water before keeking them. That way, you minimize the chance of food poisoning and they stay fresher and last longer.
Avoid Keeping Fresh Herbs For Too Long
You don’t want to keep fresh herbs for too long, after all, you want to use them for their freshness. If you want to keep herbs for longer than two weeks, I recommend you choose other methods of preservation that keeps herbs for a longer duration such as drying or freezing.
Keeping your herbs fresh with these simple ideas is another way to plan for meals ahead of time. You don’t have to rush to the local market to get fresh herbs every day to cook meals. Here’s a tip I found useful- placing my fresh spices and herbs in a jar filled with clean water and keeping them in the refrigerator. I shared this tip in a short video I posted on Facebook. You can watch the video by clicking on the link below.
Please share your own tips in the comment section, on how to keep your herbs for longer and fresher.