The Ingenious Amazon Find That Will Extend the Life of Your Herbs (It’s on Sale!)

published Sep 28, 2022
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Chryslene Rebeiro prepares herbs in her kitchen.
Credit: Kassie Borreson

You’re not the only one with this problem: Many of us struggle with soggy, leaking, and moldy bags of long-forgotten cilantro, dill, mint, and other herbs making a mess in the back of the refrigerator drawer. The truth is, it’s such a widespread issue because herbs are inherently delicate, and therefore just don’t last as long as we wished they would. Sometimes, even when planning ahead, meal-prepping, and recipe sourcing, the fragile leaves still wither before they’re needed. I guess what I’m trying to say is: Don’t feel guilty, it happens to the best of us!

And, while we at Kitchn have tried nearly every single method of preventing this disastrous occurrence, we have yet to discover across a product that does the hard work for us — until now, that is. So, can I get a drum roll please? Folks, please allow me to present the Novart Herb Keeper and Saver, a handy find that eliminates the guesswork from herb storage and keeps those precious greens fresh and ready for an inordinately long time.

How does it work? Well, no, it’s not magic. But it might just be the next best thing! A BPA-free bin insert holds your herbs in the upright position, like a bouquet, and slides into a slightly larger clear glass cylinder. The larger container stores water at the bottom, keeping the tips of the stems submerged enough to stay happy and healthy, while still ensuring the rest of the stems and leaves stay dry and rot-free. Plus, when it’s time to grab some dill or tarragon, all you’ll need to do is lift the handle and boom! Fresh, two-week old herbs at the ready!

One happy home cook pointed out the hard-earned dollars they saved by using the sleek-looking device: “I hate wasting food almost as much as I hate wasting money. I love fresh herbs when I cook and they ALWAYS come in bunches far bigger than I need for a single meal and NEVER stay fresh long enough to get incorporated into enough recipes.” Same. “The NOVART herb keeper … keeps my herbs bright and fresh for weeks! I can actually use an entire bunch of parsley or mint before it turns brown.” Just imagine how much money you’ve been losing by throwing out that withered, wasted parsley. Herbs aren’t cheap these days, and they’re essential to a ton of dishes!

And, while the NOVART’s construction seems simple enough, excited reviewers pointed out that it has tons of unique design elements that work to make storing and using herbs much easier. “Not many herb keepers have a clip built in to the product that allows you to lift the cup out of the water and clip it to the top rim,” explained one customer. “This is a great feature since it allows you to access the herbs with both hands. That helps tremendously.” Genius!

Finally, because the handy device is so large, it can fit other green goodies too, like broccolini or kale. “The point is this: If you cook with herbs like rosemary, dill, cilantro, or even green onions and asparagus, this product will prolong the life of it, and keep it store fresh,” explained another reviewer. (Who, in summation, added, “OMG THIS THING IS AMAZING.”) We’re sold.

Buy: Novart XXL Herb Keeper and Saver, $30.95 (normally 39.95)