How many times have you bought a bunch of herbs for a recipe, used a few leaves and stems, and let the rest wilt away in your refrigerator? Sadly, I don’t think I’ve ever finished off a bunch of fresh herbs.
I’ve tried putting herbs in a glass of water covered with a bag in the fridge (which really works!) only for my roommate to knock the glass over, getting water and glass all over the fridge. Luckily, there’s a tool that’s designed exactly for this purpose, rendering my clunky DIY obsolete.
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Williams-Sonoma sells the best herb container to keep your herbs fresh in the refrigerator for so much longer than any plastic bag or box. It’s also great to store cuttings from fresh herb plants so your plant has room to sprout new stems. Williams Sonoma tested this keeper and says it will keep your herbs fresh and flavorful for up to three weeks. You just fill the stainless-steel base with water, place your herbs inside, cover with the BPA-free plastic top, and store it in the fridge. It’s also great for keeping asparagus fresh.
Think of your herbs like cut flowers. Storing the stems in water keeps them fresh and putting them in the fridge keeps them crisp and cool. Keeping fresh herbs on hand contributes to healthy cooking, says Andrea Mathis, RDN, an Alabama-based dietitian.
“When preparing savory dishes, desserts, or even cocktails, herbs make these dishes come alive,” says Mathis. “My favorites are rosemary, basil, mint, thyme, and dill. Not only do they make food look delicious, they also add the perfect flavoring and aroma that gives food that extra flair!”
Herbs are also a great source of antioxidants.
“There are several herbs that have a significant amount of vitamins A, C, and K,” says Mathis. “Some herbs, such as parsley, mint, and oregano, have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.”
To keep your herbs fresh, shop the Williams-Sonoma Prepara Stainless Steel Herb Savor above.
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