How To Wash Herbs?

Do I need to wash fresh herbs?

For the Love of All That Is Holy, Wash Your Fresh Herbs

Herbs like basil, cilantro, and parsley are typically served fresh, which means that if they go unwashed, eating them can potentially expose you to harmful bacteria like salmonella and E.

How do you clean herbs from the garden?

Place the herbs into a deep bowl of cold water, or into a clean, water-filled sink. Use a lot of water when washing herbs–too little water doesn’t allow the dirt to settle or the herbs to float clear. Once the herbs are submerged, stir them before leaving them to soak for a moment.

How do you wash and store herbs?

To store sage, thyme, rosemary, mint, or chives: Clean and dry the herbs very well (see below for cleaning tips). Place in a pile in a slightly damp paper towel and wrap them up. Place inside of a plastic bag with a few punctured holes. Keep in the refrigerator about 1-2 weeks or more.

How do you clean fresh basil?


  • Step 1 – Pick the leaves off of the stems. Discard any flower buds, stems or leaves that aren’t in good shape.
  • Step 2 – Wash the basil. Just wash them in a large bowl under cold water, no soap!
  • Step 3 – Chop the pine nuts, olive oil and garlic in the food processor.