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Fresh herbs can add a big boost of flavor and a splash of green color to lots of recipes. It’s fun to grow your own herbs at home but you can also buy fresh herbs at the supermarket. Either way, follow the steps on this page to learn the best way to store, wash, and chop your herbs.

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How to Store Fresh Herbs

Wrap herbs in damp paper towels and place them in a zipper-lock bag in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for about a week.

How to Wash Fresh Herbs

The easiest (and best!) way to wash fresh herbs is to use a salad spinner. Fill the salad spinner with cold water and add your fresh herbs. Use your hands to gently swish the herbs around in the water to clean them. Then, lift the basket with herbs out of the salad spinner and discard the water. Place the basket back into the salad spinner, place the lid on top, and spin the herbs dry.

How to Chop Fresh Herbs

Always wash and dry your herbs before you chop them!

How to Chop Fresh Herbs

Use your fingers to remove leaves from stems; discard stems.

Gather leaves in small pile. Place one hand on handle of chef’s knife and rest fingers of your other hand on top of blade. Use rocking motion, pivoting knife as you chop.