Day 8: How To Keep Your Herbs Fresh

My No1 top tip beyond anything else we’re going to cover today is this…growing your own herbs is the easiest way to keep them fresh and at their nutritional peak.

They’re perfect for your windowsill, garden, allotment – wherever! And you simply pick them when you need them. Rather than having to buy a normally expensive bunch of herbs and then throwing half away.

Plus, seeds are cheap and you can grow them all year round.

Whenever someone asks me about growing their own food, I always say start with herbs. Then when they ask me about how to enhance their meals, I say start with herbs.

At some point though, you’ll always need to be able to herbs fresh, whether that’s because you’re prepping in advance or you have a lot on hand.

Begin By Separating Them

Separate your herbs in to two piles.

Woody Herbs

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Lavender

Leafy Herbs

  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Fennel tops
  • Dill
  • Coriander

Put your basil in another pile.

Woody Herbs

For woody herbs, start by washing and drying them. Then take a damp cloth, lay the herbs on to it, wrap it up and pop it all in the fridge.

Leafy Herbs

Put 20ml of cold water in a lidded mason jar or similar. Put your leafy herbs in there, seal and pop in the fridge.

A Note On Basil

Basil, unless in a pot snuggled in soil, isn’t happy once cut. It will wilt in the fridge quicker than it will being put somewhere dark and cool.

My advice is to use it as soon as possible and to put it somewhere dark and cool.

You’ll Save Money And Reduce Food Waste

By storing your produce correctly, not only will have fresh food, but you’ll save money and food waste by preventing it all going mouldy.

Lowering your food waste is the No1 thing we, as home cooks, can do to help our world and it also saves us money so it’s a win-win!

Let’s Connect!

Along with the daily journal posts here, each Wednesday at 12pm BST I’ll be going live on my instagram @therebalancechef to recap on the week’s progress and show you around my kitchen. Depending on the weather you might even meet my rescue hens!

The main point of this challenge is to have fun with it, learn new skills and refresh old ones.

I want to see your creations so don’t forget to tag me and show off what you’ve been doing!

I’m taking part in the Rebalance May Cookery Challenge! Check it out here

What’s Coming Up and Your Ingredients List

Tomorrow we’ll be starting knife skills and you’ll be making your first recipes, salsa, stock and proper roast potatoes!

Day 9 ingredients list:

  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander (a small handful)
  • 150g fresh tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 red chilli

Day 10 ingredients list:

  • Chicken carcass
  • Onion, carrot, leek scraps or 1 of each if you’d prefer
  • Black peppercorns
  • A selection of herbs including rosemary, parsley, bay and thyme