Kitchen Confidence

A Truly Useful Hack for Preserving Herbs

May 14, 2015

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: KatieQ's worthwhile hack for preserving herbs requires nothing more than an ice cube tray and olive oil.


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It's really annoying when a grocery store sells the biggest bunches of herbs known to man and you just can't get through them fast enough. You only need a few sprigs for your dinner, so what are you supposed to do with the leftovers? KatieQ suggests grabbing an ice cube tray and olive oil. It’s a trick you won’t regret incorporating into your repertoire.

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Maria June 1, 2015
Best trick I know for saving Basil: combine roughly torn basil and some mashed roasted garlic cloves with soft unsalted butter and store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. It keeps for months and is a super addition to pasta, soups, risotto -- heck, just about anything.
valerie J. May 16, 2015
Well, I love her. She always makes me smile broadly, which is great.
Avan May 16, 2015
Hi Jamie, for parsely and cilantro: I chop the end off then wrap the whole bunch in a moist kitchen paper towel, place in a ziplock bag and refrigerator. This extends the life by at least a week. I remoisten the paper towel after every use.
Tonero W. May 14, 2015
Good tip, but the young lady giving the tip needs some direction. She should bring it down a notch or two.
Betsey May 15, 2015