Adding herbs to your favourite fruits and vegetables is a great way to enhance flavours, without using additional salt, sugar or fat. Here’s a breakdown of some of our favourite fresh herbs!
How to Select and Store Fresh Herbs:
When shopping for fresh herbs, it’s important to look for bright, evenly coloured plants with no dark spots, wilting or signs of decay.
To store fresh herbs, wrap them in slightly damp paper towel and place in a plastic zippered bag. Herbs can last for several days in the fridge if stored this way.
Alternatively, you can place herbs that have their stems intact into a glass of water and cover the leaves with a plastic bag. Secure the bag to the jar with a rubber band and store in the fridge, changing the water every 1 or 2 days.
Fresh herbs can be stored in the freezer as well. Make sure to rinse the herbs to remove any dirt, and gently pat them dry before freezing, as some herbs become too soft to rinse when they thaw out. Place clean herbs in sturdy plastic zippered bag, and freeze until ready to use.
Fresh herbs can also be finely chopped or pureed and frozen in ice cube trays. Mix your herbs with a little olive oil to help preserve flavour and protect from freezer burn. This is especially good for soft herbs like cilantro, parsley, basil and dill.