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3.0 out of 5 stars Various tests, August 9, 2008
This review is from: Prepara Classic Herb Saver (Kitchen)
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This review is going to broken into parts, as a fair evaluation requires considerable time considering the "3 weeks fresh" claim. For this initial review we tested just under two weeks with Cilantro, a flat leaf parsley. One half of a large bunch was washed and put in a bag with damp paper towel, the other half put in the PHS according to directions, and refrigerated. At two weeks, both had instances of leaves turning brown, but on only a portion of the herb with a majority still usable. No clear advantage to the PHS though. Next we bought basil, and this gets interesting, as the PHS says to NOT refrigerate the basil, yet the fresh basil itself had instructions to do so. Half the basil washed and put in fridge with damp towel, half in PHS on counter away from stove. This test was discontinued after three days, as the basil in the PHS was decayed. I am now wondering if instructions from Prepara have changed, since others mention that basil was excluded from their instructions. I am going to have to give it a 2 1/2 total, since basil is one of the more expensive herbs, and this doesn't help there.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2010 8:42:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2010 8:44:33 PM PST
meg3b1g says:
So what you are essentially saying is that you can get the same effect with a bag and wet paper towel. No kidding. The advantage of the PHS product is that you can change the water now and then, as opposed to having a wet towel which may harbor who-knows-what biomatter. With PHS you can also neatly store your herbs in the door of the fridge. Personally I'd rather use 3-week-old herbs that have been stored in my pretty herb savor versus a plastic bag alongside a nasty damp sweatsock. Great product!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 2:38:11 PM PST
Or...you can save $30.00 and place your cilantro, (ends freshly trimmed) in a small glass with 1/2 inch water and a plastic bag over all. Change the water out every 2-3 days. Works great, done it for years.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 11:53:55 AM PST
Prepara says:
Hi Rhodeymark,

A benefit of the herb savor is that it is clean and sanitary, a wet paper towel can harbor bacteria, and a jar of water with herbs in it can be knocked over and make a mess. Basil is a very difficult herb to store, and it's taken a lot of practice and experimenting to find a solution.

Washing can bruise basil leaves, so it's best to store unwashed basil and then wash the leaves as you need them. I've read reviews from other customers who say it stores well in both the refrigerator and in a sunny spot, so maybe it has to do with the temperature of your refrigerator? A lot of variables can affect this fragile plant. The basil stems should also be trimmed with a sharp tool like a gardening shear to ensure the plant gets enough water. A dull blade can crush the stems.

We thank you for your valuable feedback, since this review was written we've added instructional .pdfs to our product pages, as well as created a Youtube channel with instructional videos (1Prepara).

Thank you!
Prepara Customer Support
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