Make it Monday: Preserving herbs

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – If you planted herbs this year, you may find your garden with abundance.

The concept of preserving herbs has been around for a long time yet, to limit bacteria and keep the herbs as fresh as possible, there is a method.

9 On Your Side went to the Pitt County Cooperative Extension to learn how to preserve herbs properly. Taneisha Armstrong is a Nutrition Program Assistant with EFNEP. She says these ways can save space and money.

“If you don’t want to use them all at once, you can take them out any time of the year if you want to use them for just a quick dish,” said Armstrong.

Here’s what you’ll need to dry herbs:

– fresh herbs

– paper towels

– paper bag

– twine

Start by cutting your herbs out of your garden. For this method you want the stems included. Wash thoroughly and dry with a paper towel.

“Take your paper bag and poke holes in it. This allows the herbs to dry easily,” said Armstrong.

Then, get your herbs and hold them by the stem and place them inside the bag. While you’re holding the stems, close the bag and tie with twine.

Put the bag in a cabinet or pantry for a few days. Once the herbs are dry, they should crumble in your fingers. Store them in an air tight container and use when needed for several months.

Here’s what you’ll need for freezing herbs:

– fresh herbs

– paper towels

– plastic wrap

– plastic storage bag

Wash and dry the herbs, then put the herbs in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped and place in a freezer safe plastic storage bag and squeeze the air out.

“Once you put your herbs in the baggie you want to put the date on the bag and what your bag contains,” said Armstrong.

Then, put the bag in the freezer. Your herbs can stay frozen in the freezer for up to a year.

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