Top 10 herb tips

Don’t let those herbs go to waste! Try these 10 easy ideas to make the most of their freshness and flavour.

Frozen herbs in an ice cube tray next to fresh herbs

    1. Keep herbs fresh for longer: Store herbs in a container with a tight-fitting lid, lined with a damp paper towel.

    2. DIY dried herbs: Woody herbs, such as thyme and rosemary, can be dried in the pantry or on a windowsill. Store in a jar to be used in dishes. - Coles ambassador Michael Weldon

    3. Have herbs on hand:  Got leftover herbs to use up? Chop herbs, such as mint, basil, sage and thyme, then add to ice cube trays. Top with olive oil (or water), then freeze. Store in an airtight container in the freezer, then add to soups, casseroles and pasta sauces. - Sarah Hobbs, Coles magazine food editor

    4. Make pesto: Blend leftover basil with olive oil to create pesto, a perfect dressing for any salad​ or pasta.

    5. Mint ice cubes: Cover mint leaves with water in ice trays to freeze. Serve mint ice cubes in drinks for a refreshing surprise.​

    6. Herb butter: I chop up leftover herbs and use them to make flavoured butter. - Kelly Owen, Coles Cooking Club member

    7. Thyme sauce: Blitz leftover thyme with oil, chilli and lemon juice to make a zesty sauce for meats.

    8. Save your herbs: Keep leftover coriander for as long as possible by storing it upright in a jar of water in the fridge, loosely covered.

    9. Herby sauce: "Blitz leftover herbs such as basil and parsley with rocket, oil, green chilli and lemon juice to make a zingy sauce for salads, sandwiches and barbecue meats."  - Coles ambassador Courtney Roulston

10. Perfect chive garnish: Cut a perfect garnish by grouping chives tightly together and slicing finely. ​