How to Store Your Fresh Herbs

Something that were curious about when signing up to have fresh produce delivered is making sure we store the food properly. It would be a waste to have such delicious food go bad.

Fortunately for us, The Produce Box membership includes newsletters packed full of information, including food storage. This has been an invaluable resource as we work to make this CSA transition into an economical choice.

Tips on Storing Fresh Herbs

Here’s a wonderful list of tips from some of the past newsletters:

Fresh Thyme

Store fresh thyme in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer of your refrigerator or stand sprigs in a glass of water on the refrigerator shelf. When cooking with thyme, be aware that one fresh sprig equals the flavoring power of one-half teaspoon of dried thyme.

Fresh Basil

The key to keeping basil fresh and fragrant for days (and even weeks) after purchase or harvest, is to not store it in the refrigerator. Basil leaves quickly turn black and slimy and lose their signature spicy sweet flavor when refrigerated

Fresh Oregano

Store fresh oregano in plastic bags in the refrigerator.Freeze oregano to retain the most flavor and aroma. Freeze entire branches on cookie sheets, or mix them with just enough olive oil to bind and freeze into  ice cubes.

Tips on Storing Fresh Herbs

I’d love to see how you keep your herbs accessible for cooking. What tips do you have for storing your fresh herbs? Which herbs are your favorite to use when cooking?

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