As odd as it may sound, produce in a tube is a thing. It’s tricky to keep fresh herbs on hand, and to keep them fresh! Once in a while when I’m whipping up some tuna salad, the mixture begs for some fresh dill that the dried stuff just can’t replicate. I don’t use dill often so I tend not to have a fresh green bunch of it waiting for me in my crisper drawer. If I do have any, it’s from 10 days ago and is curled in the fetal position, crying brown, wet, soppy tears. Gross.

There are a couple ways to preserve fresh herbs; I think this is the one I find most useful. They last for weeks and weeks in the fridge. Maybe one day someone will figure out how to do something like this with citrus zests.
These handy little tubes are packed with fresh herbs that have been mashed into ready-to-use pastes. Some are easier to find than others, but the most readily available tend to be basil, dill, cilantro, and Italian herbs. There are also some handy non-herb paste options like lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and red chili with seeds.
Per usual, nothing quite beats the real thing, but when you can’t get your hands on some fresh herbs, I have always found this to be an ol’ reliable. The only other downside to this product is the few added ingredients, one of which is lactose. That’s a real bummer if you happen to be vegan. Fortunately the majority of the other ingredients are organic, and since such small amounts are used at once (<1 tsp per serving), I for one am fine with looking the other way for the sake of the convenience. Not everyone might feel that way.
Check the produce section to find these displayed alongside the fresh herbs.


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