Herbs fading too fast? Here’s how to preserve fresh herbs in your fridge.

Fresh herbs of all kinds can turn bland dishes into culinary masterpieces. But the key word is "fresh!"

All too often, herbs are allowed to wilt away in the fridge before they can work their magic. But that needn't be the case.

A little preparation and some simple tips and tricks can rescue your herbs from an untimely demise, getting you more bang for your buck. From proper home care to clever storage techniques, here’s how to keep your herbs fresh longer in the fridge and ensure that you savor their flavors to the max!

Watch the video above to learn how to keep herbs fresh longer in the fridge.

How to keep herbs fresh longer in the fridge

  • Treat herbs like fresh-cut flowers. Much like flowers, herbs are delicate living plants that require proper care to ensure their vitality.

  • Use bottom leaves on stems first. Bottom leaves are usually the oldest and least vibrant. Using them first ensures you enjoy them at their peak flavor.

  • Trim off half an inch from the bottom of the stem. This opens up the herb's vessels, allowing it to take in more water and nutrients, delaying wilting.

  • Store in a small jar of fresh water. Fill water so only an inch of the stems are submerged.

  • Cover herbs with an empty produce bag or similar to help retain water.

  • Store in the refrigerator.

  • Replace the water every few days to keep herbs fresher for longer.

  • This method is perfect for leafy herbs like cilantro, mint, parsley, and green onion.

More tips to keep herbs fresh longer

Some herbs require different methods of care to extend their freshness. Here are the proper methods of care and storage for different types of herbs.

Woody Herbs (Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano, Sage): Wrap the herbs in a damp paper towel, place them inside a resealable plastic bag, and store them in the refrigerator's vegetable drawer.

Basil: Basil is sensitive to cold temperatures. Trim the stems and place them in a glass of water. Cover loosely with a plastic bag. Keep at room temperature away from direct sunlight.

Chives: Place the chives inside a resealable plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator's vegetable drawer.

Lemongrass: Trim the tips and wrap the stalks in a damp paper towel. Place them inside a resealable plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator's vegetable drawer.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to make herbs last longer: It only takes a little preparation