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How to Store Fresh Herbs

I have seen this thread: How to Store Fresh Herbs, but I won't want to use a fridge neither I have any garden. All I have is the plastic bottle.

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I believe suggestion 3 for that question covers that possibility: put the stems in water, and optionally cover the leaves with a plastic bag. –  BobMcGee Jun 20 '11 at 7:05
    
@BobMcGee for how much time will that remain edible? I want to preserve it for weeks. –  TheIndependentAquarius Jun 20 '11 at 7:12
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If you want to keep it for weeks, perhaps you should leave it in the ground until you're ready :) –  Ray Jun 20 '11 at 10:44
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Sorry; just a failed attempt at some light humor. I've had some success with products like this: amazon.com/Debbie-Meyer-20317-Green-Bags/dp/B0011TMP3Y and this: evertfresh.com/?q=node/7 –  Ray Jun 20 '11 at 13:10
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Anisha: I believe the answers to the existing question cover the various methods fairly effectively. I've summarized them in another answer to make it easier to pick the technique that meets your needs. –  Shog9 Jun 21 '11 at 2:17

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Buying coriander whole rather than ground is probably your best bet. As is the case with allspice and coffee, they're bound to eventually lose flavor, likely to light/heat/moisture, fresh grinding will bring back some of the spark.

If you're using fresh from the garden coriander you're not out of options. There's the floral option, and also the same rules apply here for drying herbs if you're willing to go down that route. If the fridge/freezer simply isn't an option, and having a bouquet of coriander isn't in the cards, then I would just hang them upside down in your basement/closet and then keep them in airtight containers away from direct light and heat.

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I was NOT referring to the ground coriander here, I was talking about the fresh leaves, I fear they will attract fungus, if washed and then stores, should I put them under a fan for drying? –  TheIndependentAquarius Jun 20 '11 at 16:11
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@Anisha you might add that into the question, there's the floral option, but essentially the same rules apply for drying herbs if you're willing to go down that route. But if the fridge/freezer simply isn't an option, and having a bouquet of coriander isn't in the cards, then I would just hang them upside down in your basement/closet and then keep them in airtight containers away from direct light and heat. –  mfg Jun 20 '11 at 17:43
    
So, hanging them for how long? Till they dry up completely? And how does hanging downwards help? –  TheIndependentAquarius Jun 21 '11 at 3:37
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@Anisha Assuming you want to dry them, you hang them upside down until they dry up. I have always hung them upside down for the same reason you hang flowers upside down to try; they retain their shape. (And an old wives' tale?) –  mfg Jun 21 '11 at 3:51
    
Thanks, do they retain their natural taste after they dry up completely?, and no I am not talking about scent, I am talking about taste. –  TheIndependentAquarius Jun 21 '11 at 3:54

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