How to Store Fresh Herbs

Handle herbs gently to avoid bruising. To extend the life of the fresh cut herbs, store refrigerated either as a “bouquet” in a glass of water, covered lightly with a plastic bag, or in the original container.

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Storing Tomatoes

To refrigerate or not to refrigerate, that is the question.

When storing tomatoes you must fight the urge to place them in the fridge right away. It’s a common misunderstanding that tomatoes need to be refrigerated immediately. They are best kept at room temperature, which allows the fruit to fully ripen and the sugars fully develop. When tomatoes are placed in the fridge it stops the ripening process and makes the tomato lose flavor.

However, if your tomatoes are fully ripe and getting on the soft side and you’re one to not let food go to waste, placing them in the fridge will enable you to get a few more days out of them. It’s a balancing act, so just remember, if you just purchased them leave on the counter and when they start getting soft it's time to move them to the fridge!

Storing Tomatoes

How to Store Basil

Basil is different from most herbs, it does not like cold temperatures or contact with moisture, both of which can cause the leaves to blacken. The ideal storage temperature is between 50—55°F so a cool room is preferable to your refrigerator. If your basil is bunched, try trimming the stems slightly and placing the "bouquet" in just enough water to submerge the ends, while keeping the leaves dry. A plastic bag placed loosely over the top will further extend the life of your fresh basil. If your basil is in a container, remove it and either use the "bouquet" technique described or place it in a plastic bag leaving the top of the bag open enough to help prevent condensation from forming. If the room temperature is too warm, place the loosely closed bagged basil in the refrigerator. Always wash basil just before using.

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