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The Best Ways to Store  Fresh Cut Rosemary  & Other Herbs

Heidi Samia | Eleanor Rose Home

If you have an abundance of rosemary in the garden, here are a few of my methods on how to store fresh cut rosemary to keep it fresher longer and retain the best flavor.

– Timing: Plan your harvest for a sunny morning, after the dew has evaporated but before the day’s heat sets in.  – Selecting the Stems: Choose soft woody stems that are vibrant and green with no dark spots, signs of wilting, or discoloration. 

Start by Harvesting Quality Rosemary:

– Gently Rinse: Place the rosemary sprigs under cool water and give them a gentle rinse.  – Pat Dry: Use paper towels or a clean dish towel to pat the rosemary sprigs dry. 

Wash & Dry Fresh Cut Rosemary:

Now that your rosemary is clean and dry, it’s time to store your fresh cut rosemary. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep the herb fresher longer and preserve the herbs flavor.

Different Ways to Store Fresh Cut Rosemary:

Storing Fresh Cut Rosemary Idea #1:

Place the rosemary sprigs in a large mason jar or glass of water, just like you would with a bouquet of flowers.

Water Storage

Storing Fresh Cut Rosemary Idea #2:

My favorite way to store fresh cut sprigs of rosemary is by storing it in the refrigerator with damp paper towels and a ziplock baggie.

In the Refrigerator

Storing Fresh Cut Rosemary Idea #2:

Take a slightly damp paper towel and wring out any excess water. Wrap the damp paper towels around the rosemary sprigs (this creates a moisture rich environment for the rosemary).

Storing Fresh Cut Rosemary Idea #2:

Put the paper towel wrapped rosemary sprigs into the ziplock baggie and seal it, ensuring there is no air inside.

Storing Fresh Cut Rosemary Idea #2:

Store the baggie in the refrigerator, where the rosemary will stay fresh for up to two weeks.

- Air Drying - Herb Saver - Freezing - Freezing in Oil

Other Ways to Store Fresh Cut Herbs

The storage methods for fresh cut rosemary can be easily applied to other fresh herbs! Whether you have an abundance of basil, thyme, parsley, or any other types of herbs, the principles remain the same.

Can these storage methods apply to other herbs?

These storage techniques are equally applicable to store-bought herbs. Whether you purchase herbs from a local grocery store or farmer’s market, ensuring their freshness and longevity is crucial for getting the best flavor and aroma.

Are the storage methods the same for store bought herbs?

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