There may be no meme we relate to the most intensely than the one about our plans for our produce vs. what actually happens to our produce. While more delicate fruits and veggies like baby spinach and bananas notoriously go bad faster than you can say "smoothie," herbs also have a short shelf life, and it be quite a feat using up all of that cilantro or thyme before it wilts (at least that's the case in my kitchen). But as frustrating as it is to see your precious herbs turn brown before the week's out, there is a way to keep them fresh longer so you can avoid waste.
The solution you may be looking for is called the OXO Good Grips Green Saver Small Herb Keeper and it helps extend the life of cilantro, parsley, basil and other herbs. It does this through constant hydration and keeping your herbs well-watered with a small tank. All you have to do is place the herbs inside the keeper and put a little water in the reservoir below and let it do its magic in your fridge.
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The keeper comes in two sizes and provides a lot room to keep your greens protected. Plus, it has a handle for you to conveniently load and remove the herbs from the basket whenever you want. In addition to its simple design, reviewers also praise how efficiently the device helps keep their herbs fresh for more than just a few days.
"Of all the greens-keepers I’ve bought and discarded, this one really works! It keeps my dill and cilantro fresh for weeks!" Another shopper agreed and mentioned how opting for the larger size container provided extra room for the herbs to thrive.
"I have used this several times for both cilantro and parsley now and it has kept them for fresh for weeks! I used to use a tall glass with plastic wrap over it, but they did not keep well and were a spill risk. I prefer the large size to give the leaves plenty of room. I am so glad I decided to give it a try."
FYI, there are many reasons why produce spoils (aside from simply forgetting about our grocery haul, or wedging the bag behind the oat milk—oops). Some common ones include: change in temperature, increase in microorganisms, light exposure and oxidation (a chemical process that causes a change in color, flavor, and nutrients when the food reacts with the air). For storing perishable items, it's important to make sure that your refrigerator temperature is at 40 degrees or below and that you check this regularly according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Whether you're looking to keep your herbs fresher or a hack to keep separate your foods, this device may just be what you need in your fridge.
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