Care of your herbs

So – you’ve bought some delicious fresh herbs.

Now you want to keep them at their best until you’re ready to use them.

Remember: fresh herbs are more akin to cut flowers than potatoes – they last longer if they are refrigerated!

Here are a few hints to help you keep herbs fresh for the maximum time:

  • On your trip home from the supermarket put the herbs in an esky with other refrigerated items – preferably on the top to avoid crushing.
  • When you get home, transfer the herbs to the refrigerator.  Basil is the exception – it doesn’t like to be too cold, so if your fridge is set to beer temperature it might be better to leave it out, standing in water.
  • Try to keep herbs high up in your fridge – not down the bottom with vegetables.  Crushing a herb releases the essential oils, so you don’t want to do this until you are cooking.
  • Village Herb Farm packets contain more than most of our competitors and should last for a couple of cooking extravaganzas.
  • Don’t forget to keep the bag closed! This reduces drying-out.
  • Stand bunches in a container of water inside the fridge with a plastic bag over the top. This is a great way to keep herbs fresh as long as you have enough room in your fridge.
  • If you have left the shopping in a hot car, wilted herbs may recover with a sprinkle of water and some chilling.