Keeping Cilantro Fresh- a simple tip


Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs!  Yum.  Of course, cilantro is one of those thing people either swoon over or vigorously abhor!  😉  Swooner here!!

Some of my favorite ways to use cilantro are in salsa, guacamole, pho, chicken tiki masala and rice.  There are many other dishes cilantro is a perfect addition to.  With such a wide variety of uses it is handy to have around.  Before learning this tip, the bunches of fresh cilantro I would buy turned slimy and gross in about 3-4 days.  Now my cilantro lasts at least a week and occasionally up to Three weeks!


All that is needed is to put the bunch of cilantro, in a cup of water, with a plastic veggie bag over the top and place it in the fridge!


I couldn’t believe how simple it was…


So now I look for a bunch with decent stem length so they leaves will be out of the water.  Also, I do a smell test on the cilantro.  If there isn’t a cilantro smell right its best to give it a little shake and smell again.  If they still have no smell or smell like parsley {usually shipped with or close to parsley} then I pass on buying them for that week.  Once home, the band holding them together comes off and I remove any leaves/stems that show signs of the black slime coming on.  Next they go into a glass container {plastic is fine, I just like to see the water} and the bag I bought the bunch with goes over the top.  Then pop them in the fridge.


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Autumn Jones - What a great tip! I don’t use a ton of cilantro, but I LOVE basil. I wonder if this would work just as well on basil??April 21, 2014 – 4:42 pm

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