Herb Storage

Herb Storage Guide (click here for a downloadable version)

Here's the quick run-down on how to store your herbs for maximum potential shelf life:

Wash them. Wash your herbs by filling your salad spinner with cold water. Swirl the herbs gently around in the water to loosen any debris. Drain the water, spin the herbs dry, lay them on a layer of paper towels and pat gently with more paper towels to blot away any excess moisture.

Store Hardy Herbs by arranging them lengthwise in a single layer on a slightly damp paper towel, rolling them up like a jelly roll, then transfer the bundle to a plastic zipper lock bag or wrap it in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator.
Store Tender Herbs by snipping off the bases of the stems and removing any discolored or wilted leaves. Transfer them to a large mason jar with an inch of water in the bottom. Seal the jar with the lid (if it fits), or cover the top of the jar with an overturned plastic bag sealed with a rubber band. Store in the refrigerator.
Store Basil by snipping off the bases of the stems and placing the bunch in a vase or a mason jar with an inch or two of water at the bottom, just like a bouquet of flowers. Store at room temperature in a light area but out of direct sunlight.

Herb Storage
Herb Herb Type Average Lifespan
Basil Special 2 weeks
Chives Hardy 1 week 
Cilantro Tender 3 weeks
Dill Tender 2 weeks
Mint Tender 2 weeks
Rosemary Hardy 3 weeks
Sage Hardy 2 weeks
Savory Hardy 2 weeks
Tarragon Tender 3 weeks
Thyme Hardy 2 weeks
Oregano Hardy 2 weeks
Parsley Tender 3 weeks

Freezing Herbs:

1) Strip the leaves off the stems. Chop them as you would if using them fresh.
2) Fill an ice cube tray half way full of water.
3) Place the herbs in each section of the tray - about a Tablespoon in each. This way you know when you use them how much each cube holds. (The herbs may float. Don't worry about it too much. Just get them under the water as much as possible with no fuss.)
4) Place your tray in the freezer.
5) The next day take them out and top off each cube. This way the herbs will be fully covered and frozen. Replace in your freezer.
6) After the trays are fully frozen. Pop out the herb cubes and store in a freezer bag. Be sure to label and date.

The cubes can be used in soups, stews or other meals.