How to Keep Cilantro Fresh

Keeping Cilantro Fresh

Here's a quick and easy way to keep cilantro fresh until you need it.

First, cut off the dried ends of the stems and discard. Soak cilantro in cool water for 5-10 minutes. Drain the water off and discard old/damaged leaves. Then, give it a couple spins in the salad spinner to remove any extra water.

What? You don't have a salad spinner? Well, you gotta get one this minute! Salad spinners are so much fun to use! I'm tellin' ya, each time you'll go to use it, someone in your family will come ask if they can be the one to spin it. I'M SERIOUS! The day I finally said yes to myself and bought my salad spinner, my husband looked at me like I was throwing money away. But do you know, he loves using it! He sees the value of using it to wash all types of leafy vegetables and herbs. It's works great as a salad keeper, too. And did I mention? It's FUN to use!

Anyhoo, back to the cilantro. Use a damp paper towel to wrap the leafy herbs (as shown) and place into a 1 gallon freezer bag. Close up all but the last inch of the top seal, press out all the air, then seal it up.

This storage method should buy you 3 to 5 days in the frig. And, the cilantro is ready for use when you need it. I love cilantro in my salads, guacamole, on top of chicken fajitas, as the leafy greens in my black bean burgers, any recipe that calls for parsley, I use cilantro.

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