Product Profile: Herb Keeper

Most home-chefs love cooking with fresh herbs.  They add fantastic flavor, color and freshness to any dish.  The only problem is that there is almost always some left over, and those left over herbs tend to end up in the garbage after rotting in your fridge for a week. 

This exact issue led me to develop a Connecticut cooking class teaching students how to select, store, chop, and use fresh herbs in a variety of recipes.  Although I tend to store many of my fresh herbs in ziplock bags, I decided this was the perfect time to test out an “herb keeper” I received as a hostess gift.  I’m not much of a gadget-girl, but I have to say I’m very impressed with this product.   There are a few different brands on the market available at a variety of stores (including Target, Amazon and Sur La Table), but mine is from Cuisipro and was purchased at Crate & Barrel.  It is approximately the size of a 2 liter soda bottle and has a removable top.  You simply fill to the indicator line with water, insert your herbs (stems down) into the canister, close the top, and place in your refrigerator.  It creates the perfect environment for your leafy herbs to stay fresh and green for weeks (provided you change the water every few days).  This bunch of mint lasted over three weeks (pictured)!

You could create a homemade version of this by using a drinking glass filled about an inch high with water and a plastic bag.  Simply place the herbs, stems down, into the water and loosely place the bag over the leaves.   However, this herb keeper is a great product, creates no waste, and truly does it’s job.  

Now, what to make with all these left over fresh mint leaves?  My Cape Cod Mojitos!  It’s almost summer, after all!

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One Response to “Product Profile: Herb Keeper”

  1. Mike Says:

    I bought one by Martha Stewart at Macy’s for $15 recently, but have not had a chance to use it. I’m so glad to hear how well they work! Thanks Tracy!

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