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August 27, 2015

How to Store Fresh Parsley and Cilantro


How to Store Fresh Parsley and Cilantro


Grocery stores sell food to make money. That means when you buy fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs they are displayed and sold in a way that takes the least amount of room to move product. Basically what's best for your herbs and veggies isn't always the way that the grocery store sells them. The best examples are parsley and cilantro. Most stores pile them into a bin and spray them with water multiple times a day. No!!! Then most shoppers go to the store, bag the herbs, and throw them into the crisper drawer. Five days later the herbs have turned black and mushy and need to be thrown out. No one wants to waste money throwing out fresh ingredients.

How to Store Fresh Parsley and Cilantro


The answer is to store your parsley and cilantro correctly once they come home from the grocery store or are picked from your garden. Storing them correctly is actually very easy and they can last up to two weeks, giving you a lot longer to make that fabulous recipe that you bought them for in the first place. The following is the method I use to store parsley and cilantro in the fridge and it works great!
  • If you buy your parsley and cilantro from the grocery store the first thing you want to do is take them out of the bag, remove the wire (or other binding), wash them, and then cut off about 1/2 inch of the bottom stems. 
  • Fill a small glass with water. 
  • Place the stems in the glass,
  • Cover the herbs with a large Ziploc bag, the end of the bag with the zipper should be at the end of the cup. Use a large bag so the herbs have room to breath. 
  • Zip the bottom of the bag closed around the cup. This is important, it keeps the air out of the bag making the herbs last longer in the fridge. 
  • Place the herbs in the fridge for 1-2 weeks (parsley can actually last longer sometimes 3-4 weeks, especially if it's fresh cut from your garden). 
  • If you are using garden herbs follow the same steps, just skip the steps regarding taking off the bag and wire. 
That's it, very easy and will make your fresh herbs last significantly longer. This method also works for fresh dill.

How to Store Fresh Parsley and Cilantro

12 comments:

  1. I didn't know the ziploc bag trick. Gotta give it a try next time. Thanks for sharing, Ann. Those cilantro leaves are so awesome.

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  2. I had no idea about this and I buy them regularly. Now that I know I'll definitely be using your trick to making mine last so much longer.

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  3. Good advice. Did not know about this. We normally buy fresh but throwout any leftovers.

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  4. Excellent!!! I definitely cut my fresh herbs and play in water but did not think about the plastic bag. Thanks!

    Velva

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  5. Hi Ann, I'm going through my blog reader and noticed that you haven't posted in quite some time. I hope you're doing ok and I look forward to seeing your next post. Happy holidays to you and your family.

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  6. These tips are very useful. Thank you.

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  7. Es la hierba más fragante y exquisita de la cocina me encanta,siempre la tengo en mi jardín,saludos.

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  8. I'd really like to read your post, thank you!

    NREC

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