Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday's Favorite - Herb Keeper


There are three herbs that I like to use fresh and keep on hand for cooking: parsley, cilantro, and basil. Other commonly used herbs are just as good dried like oregano and thyme, but herbs like parsley lose most of their flavor when dried. Unfortunately, fresh basil just will not keep very long no matter how you store it so I don't buy it too often. I've had more luck keeping basil in a cup with water in it right on the kitchen counter, but even then it won't last more than a couple of days. I make sure though to grow a nice big patch of it in the summer in my garden for picking whenever I need it. To keep cut herbs like parsley and cilantro fresh the longest, try one of these herb keepers. It's the best thing I've found for keeping herbs fresh. The height of the container needs to be ample enough to contain the herbs, but you could make your own herb keeper out of just about any container. Place water in the bottom so that the water covers the stems. (Try not to submerge the leaves since wet leaves will turn slimy very quickly.) Change the water if it starts to look cloudy. Keep the container covered tightly in the refrigerator. These herbs will keep for more than 2 weeks in your refrigerator if they aren't too old when you buy them - a real money saver if you buy fresh herbs!

3 comments:

  1. I totally need this! But I never use cilantro, wonder why?

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  2. I need one...I always confuse cilantro and flat leaf parsley. It never seems to matter nuch though. Both are good!

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  3. I showed this to my sister Friday night while we were having a little girl chit chat when the rest of the house was asleep...then we saw them Saturday at TJMaxx.....she got one to take home to Vail with her!!

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