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Keeping Thai Basil fresh?

allisonw Dec 9, 2008 12:08 PM

I buy it at the Asian grocery and it seems to wilt beyond usability in 1-2 days. I've tried putting it in water like I do with other herbs and that does not work. Is there any way to keep it fresh for a few more days?

I have a Foodsaver if that helps.


  1. scubadoo97 Dec 9, 2008 04:33 PM

    I've had some trouble keeping Thai basil from the Asian market alive in water for a long time but haven't had the problem with the Thai basil from my back yard. I can keep it in water and use it during the week and by the end of the week it has roots sprouting so I can replant the stems. I do with the my sweet and lemon basil as well

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    1. re: scubadoo97
      janeh Dec 9, 2008 04:54 PM

      Cool! I still have some sweet basil as well as Thai and will give that a try tomorrow.

    2. AndrewK512 Dec 9, 2008 03:05 PM

      Wrap in moist paper towel and store inside a ziploc bag at room temp. Should last around a week and maybe more.

      1. JoanN Dec 9, 2008 12:50 PM

        Putting herbs in water never seems to work for me either.

        I had some Thai basil a couple of weeks ago that I put into the smallest double-zip-lock bag that would contain it. I put it in the vegetable crisper in the fridge and it lasted at least 10 days, maybe two weeks. I was quite surprised--and very pleased.

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        1. re: JoanN
          allisonw Dec 9, 2008 02:33 PM

          Parsley does quite well stored in water. I always trim off the ends before sticking it in a glass with just a smidge of water.

          1. re: allisonw
            janeh Dec 9, 2008 03:18 PM

            Not quite answering your question but.....I happily found a Thai basil plant at Home Depot last spring, kept it outside all summer, then moved it in before the frost. It's getting a bit spindly, but is still good. I'll surely look for one again in the spring if this one doesn't last - such a luxury to be able to pick at will!

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