Stop, Drop and Roll: A Fresh Idea for Saving Herbs

10/11/2013 at 03:57 PM ET

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Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher are the food stylist/recipe development/photography duo behind the blog Spoon Fork Bacon. Visit every Friday for their take on celebrity recipes, plus tips on cooking, entertaining, food photography and more.

We love using fresh herbs in our cooking and rarely, if ever, use dried ones. Cooking with fresh herbs brings a bright new flavor to a dish and a beautiful aroma to the kitchen.

But you have to act fast! Delicate herbs like parsley, basil and sage are usually sold by the bunch and can go bad quickly if you don’t use them up within the first day or two. So we’ve developed a trick to help keep herbs super fresh for as long as possible.

First, lightly wet a few paper towels and lay them on a flat surface. Place the herbs on top and tightly wrap them into a paper-towel cocoon.

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Drop the wrapped herbs into a zip-top plastic bag, pushing out as much air as possible before sealing. This will help keep the humidity out, which causes the herbs to go limp and turn brown. Then just toss the bag into the fridge until you’re ready to use the herbs again.

Spoon Fork Bacon Herbs
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This will help keep your herbs fresher for 4-5 days longer than if you just put them in the refrigerator. You can also submerge the herbs in a bowl of ice-cold water and place it in the fridge—but when you’ve got a week’s worth of groceries packed in there, there’s rarely any room for a bulky bowl. Our method is fast, compact and will help stretch that precious grocery money.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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