Some herbs can be damaged if they are washed too roughly, which can impact the flavor they bring to many dishes. But today, it is recommended that all produce be thoroughly washed before using, including herbs. But how should you be washing herbs safely but without damaging them in the process?
First fill a bowl with cool water and then you want to gently place the herbs into the water and then swish them around using your fingers to gently release any dirt or grit that may be on the herbs.
Check the bottom of the bowl and if there is a lot of dirt or debris on the bottom, you’ll want to empty the bowl, refill it with fresh water and repeat until the water is clear. Some herbs tend to be grimier than others so with some herbs might take three rinses while others will just take a single rinse.
It is up to you whether you want to use any produce wash with your herbs but it can affect the taste.
Once the water in the bowl is clear, you’ll want to then place your herbs in a salad spinner and gently spinthem dry. If you don’t have a salad spinner, you can also use a kitchen towel or paper towels to very gently dry them by pressing gently on the herbs.