6 Tips To Store Fresh And Dried Herbs
Herbs can stay fresh for more than 20 days ifstored properly. Here are some of the best ways to store both fresh and dried herbs.
Always wash herbs with cold water and dry them properly, to ensure there is no moisture that could lead to decay and reduce lifespan of the herbs.
Soft herbs like basil and mint should be sealed in airtight containers. Snip the stem's base, transfer to a jar with some water, seal the lid and refrigerate.
Store the bundle in an airtight container or zip-lock plastic bags wrapped in a damp paper towel. It will keep the herbs moist enough so they don't dry out.
The main culprits behind degradation of dried herbs are the same factors, so if you wish to increase their shelf life, follow these tips.
Make sure herbs are devoid of moisture. A good way of checking is to rub these herbs between your fingers. If the herbs crumble easily, they have dried out.
Store these herbs in dark containers so that exposure to oxygen does not spoil them. Avoid plastic as it may leach chemicals in to your herbs.
keep these jars away from sunlight; instead store them in a dark and dry place. Sunlight may ruin the potency of the herbs.
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