Storing fresh herbs can be tricky. But here, I describe how to grow and maintain your herbs and various techniques for preserving them.
The Best Ways to Store Fresh Herbs
Herbs are seasonings. And fresh herbs are the tastiest and look the most beautiful. But then you buy a plant, and it goes limp. Watering does not help. Or you buy a container with fresh herbs but only need one or two stems. Hence, today the theme of preserving fresh herbs.
A Container of Cultivated Herbs
Such a nice pot of cultivated herbs from the supermarket or garden center in which fresh herbs have been grown. You put them inside and give them enough water, yet they don't survive.
It is best to put them outside in the garden or a large pot after the frost period during the summer until the end of September.
Herbs love to enjoy a little bit of sun. Make sure they get enough water if there is too little rain.
Survive Winter Weather in your Garden
Chives, thyme, and rosemary can survive some winter weather in the garden. However, with a very harsh winter, they can suffer frost damage.
If you know it's going to be very cold, wrap them in cloth and put some straw around the base on the ground to protect them.
Just before winter, make sure you repot the plants to a larger pot with fresh potting soil. Place the plants in partial shade where they do not freeze but won't get too warm. Water when the ground gets too dry, because it doesn't rain.
Store a box with Fresh Herbs
You don't have the luxury of planting with a pack of fresh herbs. In that case, you can keep them in the fridge for a few days by turning them in a slightly damp kitchen roll. The herbs stay fresh longer because they do not dry out.
Other techniques for storing and processing fresh herbs
If you are not going to use them yet, or you've got some leftovers, the following tips may be an option:
- Make a pesto or herb butter. Incredibly delicious with parsley, chives, and basil.
- Prepare delicious herbal water by adding basil or rosemary as a variation on flat water.
- Freeze the herbs by taking the leaves, washing and freeze in a bag or container, or
- Finely chop the herbs and put them in an ice cube tray. Fill the holes with oil or water. Use oil when you add the herbs too, for example, pesto or when using them for frying. Water is very suitable when you are going to add herbs to the soup.
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