For most individuals, growing herbs in their apartment or house is a great way of enjoying fresh flavors while adding greenery to their environment. Despite the benefits however, fresh herbs often begin wilt after a short while, leaving you with a hard decision to either buy more herbs or live without the taste and fragrance you've grown to love. But, what if there was a way to keep your herbs fresh for weeks, even months? Welcome to our blog, where we teach you the various ways you can extend the longevity of your fresh herbs.
Certain vegetables emit a gas known as ethylene that causes quick decay in fresh herbs. On the other hand, there are vegetables that suppress the release of this gas, e.g., bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and cucumber. Placing herbs in a bag with any of these can extend the lifespan of your herbs.
Most herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, and basil, are best stored in a jar at room temperature with the stems dipped in water. Not only does adding water help extend the lifespan of your herbs, but it allows you to enjoy them for weeks, even months, at a time.
Using a jar or bottle allows for the growth of your angelica, thyme, mint, and rosemary herbs indoors. Simply cut the plant about one inch from the bottom and place in a jar with clean water. Place in the window to ensure the needed sunlight. As roots begin to sprout, transplant to another jar or bottle with soil.
Freezing your fresh herbs can help you get the most out of their taste and aroma. Simply chop the fresh herbs and place them in an ice tray with a little stock or water. Afterward, store them in a freezer bag and voila, you have access to freshly-frozen herbs whenever you want!
There's nothing worse than searching through multiple herbs to look for just one, right? To save yourself from this stress, label and date your herbs before putting them in the fridge or freezer. This helps you easily find them when you need them while telling you when to renew them.
There you have it, the top five ways to extend the lifespan of your fresh herbs in your apartment. Knowing how to keep your herbs fresh for a longer period is important if you love fresh flavors in your recipes. So start by trying out any of the hacks listed above or try a combination of them to keep your indoor herbs growing, flavorful, and fresh. At Beaumont Oaks, we understand that having a green and healthy environment is essential to apartment living. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our beautiful apartments for rent in Wilmington, NC.