Fresh herbs change bland food to tasty and healthy recipes. Most popular fresh herbs being used in cooking are parsley, cilantro, rosemary, dill, mint, oregano and thyme.
Nutritional benefits of fresh herbs are surprisingly high. For example cilantro is used for heavy metal cleansing, parsley is high in vitamin K, C, A and folate and fresh mint is excellent for digestion, asthma and depression. These are just some of the herbs used in everyday cooking. Fresh herbs also promote good health and are low in calories.
To get the full benefits of fresh herbs, it is important that they are fresh and organic. The flavour or organic herbs is more intense, and the health benefits are greater.
It is important to know how to store fresh herbs because they are fragile in comparison to vegetables and will not last long if stored incorrectly.
Here are 3 simple steps how to keep herbs fresh and last longer
Wash and dry, fresh herbs after you unpack them. I use a large colander to wash my herbs, drain them and then slightly pat them with a paper towel.
Remove all wilted herbs and cut the very ends off
Wrap in a paper towel, place in a plastic bag, seal and refrigerate. After one week replace the paper towel.
By following these three simple steps, your herbs will stay fresh and last up to two weeks. The advantage of having herbs ready in your refrigerator is, you will use more herbs in cooking and save prep time in your recipes.
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