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Proper Food Storage: The Ultimate Guide (Part I)

 

3. Herbs

Dried Herbs They may look pretty sitting out on your counter, but the best way to store dried herbs is in a cool, dark place — like inside a cabinet. They’ll retain their flavor much longer that way.

Basil To keep basil fresh as long as possible (warning: it can be difficult, no matter how hard you try!), store it loosely packed in an airtight container. Keep a small damp piece of paper inside the container. Basil doesn’t like to be cold, so store it on the counter.

Parsley & Cilantro Cut off the bottom tips of the stems and store in a jar of water, like you would with a bouquet of flowers. Keep the leaves dry. Change the water every few days, and use within two weeks.

Fresh Thyme, Rosemary & Chives Loosely wrap in plastic wrap. Store in a compartment on the refrigerator’s door.

Fennel No need to refrigerate if you plan on using within a few days. Instead, keep upright  in a cup of water.

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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2:19AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Thanks, I don't buy that much and use the simple advice of storing it the way the store does.

9:41PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Thanks.

9:41PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Thanks.

8:12PM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Knew these but thanks, our food lasts a decent amount of time usually

9:15AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I knew some of these but not all. I wish it had been on one page so I could have printed it out. Thanks.

8:23AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Great info!

8:19AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Thank you for the info!

2:18PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Common sense but it is useful information.

11:38AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Marianne B: Just like Maureen C. said, it's the smell. Other food (like milk in an open container) tastes a bit like onions afterwards. Bananas "contaminate" other food too!

11:31AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

I never use a wet cloth, just put the veggies in the fridge as they are. I'll try it though.

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