10 Tips for Using Herbs and Spices

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Herbs and spices are must-have ingredients in every healthy pantry. They help you kick up the flavor without adding a lot of salt and fat. But how many times have you bought fresh herbs only to watch them turn brown in your fridge? Or passed over a recipe because the spices listed were just too pricey? Never again!  These tips make herbs and spices work for your budget and your life.

1. Plan out your meals for the week.

Your biggest enemy with fresh herbs is waste. If you’re making a meal that calls for basil, parsley, or other herbs, plan at least one more meal that week that will use those same herbs.

2. Store fresh herbs well.

To help them last longer, wrap the stems in damp paper towels. Store in a plastic bag in the produce bin of your fridge.

3. Don’t let your herbs get out of sight.

They will quickly get “out of mind” too. After you’ve used them once, pull fresh herbs out of the bin and up to the front of the refrigerator so you know what needs to be used up.

4. Freeze fresh herbs.

Still not able to use up all your fresh herbs before they go bad? Chop them up and throw them in the freezer. Try freezing them in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, remove the cubes and place them in a freezer-safe bag. This way you can pull out just what you need the next time you cook.

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