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how to preserve fresh herbs

I don't know about you, but the frugal side of me cringes at the unused herbs wilting in my refrigerator. So I thought I'd offer a few online resources for how to preserve homegrown herbs. Click here to read about how to freeze herbs, a method that works best for delicate herbs such as basil or cilantro. And here is a description of how to dry herbs, which is an effective way to preserve sturdier herbs such as rosemary or thyme. I've also included a link for how to preserve basil, which includes advice for blanching the basil to help maintain its bright green color. And finally, here is a chart, courtesy of BBC Food, showing the best methods for preserving different kinds of fresh herbs, as well as suggested uses for herbs and instructions for making herb vinegars.