I try to keep my food waste to a minimum in our kitchen. The only food I end up tossing into my compost bin at least monthly is cilantro. It gets hidden in the bottom of the refrigerator and forgotten – out of sight, out of mind. Then, I decided to think of my cilantro as a fresh flower, and keep it front and center. Guess what? Now it’s getting used before it has a chance to go bad. Making fresh herbs last longer is easy to do once you follow these easy steps.
Making fresh herbs last longer
1. Get your pretty vase ready with cold water before you have wet herbs in your hand.
2. Next, rinse your herbs with cold water so they’re ready to be cut off as needed when you’re cooking. Give them a little shake to get the extra water drips off.
3. Using your kitchen scissors, make a fresh cut across the bottom of the herbs. This will help the herbs absorb the water. Leave the rubber band or twist tie on the bottom until after you cut the herbs. It’s much easier to keep them in your hand with a little help from the band/tie.
4. A nice clean cut.
5. Put your fresh herbs in your pretty vase.
6. Arrange your herbs with flowers from the garden and admire how they look.
This cilantro looks so much nicer in a vase next to these flowers than it did at the bottom of my refrigerator going bad and getting smelly. No one wants to eat cilantro (or any herb for that matter) when it starts to go bad – including our backyard chickens. They turned up their noses (or beaks?) at my poor, pathetic cilantro. This has been a great way to keep an eye on my herbs so they don’t go bad before I’ve had a chance to cook with them. I also freeze my herbs when they get close to going bad. I just toss them in a plastic bag or other air-tight container and put that in the freezer. I label the herbs, too. Once they’re frozen, they all look the same – it can’t have anything to do with my eyesight, now can it?
How do you keep herbs lasting longer?
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