Do your herbs go bad over a couple of days? It may be that you are not storing them right. This used to happen to me a few years ago. I would buy herbs like fresh parsley and cilantro only to find them rotting in the fridge a couple of days later. I soon learnt that I wasn’t storing them properly. I placed them in the plastic bags from the produce section and left them in the fridge that way. It created a moldy mess in no time.
The trick is to treat your tender herbs like flowers.
- Trim off the bottom stems and place them in a mason jar filled with just enough water (an inch or so) to cover the stems.
- Loosely place a bag over top and tie a bow to secure in place. It provides the perfect amount of moisture and oxygen.
- Change the water if it discolours to keep the stems fresh.
The result? Your herbs will last up to 2 weeks. Tried and tested in my kitchen.
Note: This method works best for tender herbs like parsley, cilantro. Tougher herbs like rosemary, thyme, and oregano should be stored differently. They do well in a damp towel in a resealable bag.