How To Revive Those Wilted Herbs

Waste less in the kitchen and save money. Learn how to reliven your dried and wilted herbs.

How To Revive Those Wilted Herbs

Stale herbs? I can’t stand waste but I almost always end up with a wilting bunch of cilantro, parsley or other herbs. Whenever I buy herbs, I can’t finish it all in one week or two. So of course, everything wilts… Do you have the same problem? Luckily, I found a way to revive the wilted herbs from a friend.

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Cold water shock!!

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Sometimes your poor herb is beyond reviving but for most cases try this minimalist approach to revive stale herbs. It works like a charm.

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How To Revive Those Wilted Herbs
Recipe Type: Tips
  • Wilted herbs such as cilantro or parsley
  • Ice cubes
  • cold water
  1. Start to perk herbs back up by cutting about ½? off the stems.
  2. Remove and discard any bruised or damaged black leaves.
  3. Make an ice bath to soak the bunch in it. The cold water shock brings the herbs back to life. The amount of soaking time varies, but you'll know when they’re ready. The herbs will gradually look refreshed.
  4. Time will vary depending on the dryness of the herbs.


Lail Hossain

Lail Hossain finds cooking to be an explosion of creativity. She is enthusiastic about modifying a laborious step of an old recipe, and experimenting with different ethnic recipes by adding her own spin to it yet keeping the recipes simple, healthy, and delicious. Originally from Bangladesh, Lail shares her journey of food, creativity and family in her blog "With A Spin". She is also very passionate about highlighting Bangladeshi cooking to the international culinary space.

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