Keeping herbs fresh


Herbs are best fresh, but that’s not always possible. Drying is most folk’s preferred option, having a long history of success in keeping the qualities of the herbs.

One simple way I’ve worked out to keep dried herbs fresh is to make a small modification to Moccona coffee jars.

Moccona coffee jar
Moccona coffee jars are a favourite in many kitchens.

Inside of the lid is a plastic seal and the lids themselves are hollow. We can use this space to our advantage.

The lids are hollow and have a plastic seal
The lids are hollow and have a plastic seal

You can easy pop the seal off of the lid with a knife. When it’s off, make a few holes in it, large enough to allow airflow. As many as you want.

Now place several silica gel packs in the lid and refit it.

Silica gel in the lid
Put some Silica gel in the lid
Put the plastic seal back on with the Silica gel inside
Put the plastic seal back on with the Silica gel inside

Now you can fill the jar with your herb or vegetable and the Silica gel will keep moisture away.

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