Prevent food waste and make your recipes even more delicious with this simple yet brilliant hack.

Lauren Wicks
February 07, 2020
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Raise your hand if you never seem to find enough uses for that bunch of cilantro, parsley or other herb by the time it grows sad and slimy. Us too. Luckily, our brilliant test kitchen manager, Breanna Killeen, M.P.H., R.D., has a solution.

Killeen recently shared her new favorite way to rescue wilting herbs from the compost or trash bin—making an herb salt. She simply purees the herbs with a little water, adds salt until the mixture looks like wet sand and dehydrates the herb-salt combo for two or three hours at 150°. She says this salt will stay good for about a year. Click through her Instagram post for a video of instructions:

Killeen says she loves using up herbs in compound butters and pestos but was inspired to make an herb salt from a cookbook called Salt Smoke Time by Will Horowitz. Horowitz is not only the executive chef of the highly-acclaimed Ducks Eatery and Harry & Ida's in New York City, but he's also a forager, fisherman and naturalist. This book highlights his love for traditional cooking techniques and shows readers how to bring them into the modern kitchen. We are a big fan of his efforts to make the kitchen a more sustainable place, and now you can do so too.

Check out our Basic Basil Pesto recipe for turning your sad herbs into tonight's dinner and our Herb Butter Spread that makes everything it touches even more delicious. We also have dozens of delicious ways for using up other food scraps, like our Homemade Roasted Chicken Stock and Use-All-the-Broccoli Stir-Fry. Yum!