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How to store fresh herbs

How to Store Fresh Herbs

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: N/A


Here’s the trick to how to store fresh herbs so they keep for days! Use this easy kitchen tip for all types of herbs.


  • 1 bunch fresh herbs like parsley, basil, cilantro, and mint OR
  • 1 bunch thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage, chives or tarragon


  1. For parsley, basil, cilantro, or mint: Find a very large canning jar or purchased herb saver. Make sure the jar is large enough that the herb stems won’t be squished or packed inside. Place a few inches of water inside (or up to the water line in the herb saver). Place the herb stems inside the jar, with the cut side in the water. (Cut off the ends if necessary to fit them in the jar.) Screw on the lid of the jar or add the top of the herb saver. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week (or more, if using the herb saver).
  2. For the thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage, chives, dill or tarragon: Wrap the herbs in a damp paper towel and place it in a sealed plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator. Keeps for up to 1 week. 
  • Category: Herbs
  • Method: Storage
  • Cuisine: Herbs
  • Diet: Vegan