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How to keep Cilantro fresh


What is Cilantro?

  • Cilantro is the leaves and stems of the coriander plant, also known as Chinese Parsley. Cilantro is the most widely used, aromatic, leafy herb in the world.
  • Cilantro is a dominant ingredient in cuisines around the globe including Indian, Chinese, Mexican, and Mediterranean.
  • HelloFresh delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week.

How to Use Cilantro :

  • Cilantro for Salsas like Pico de Gallo, Tomatillo Verde
  • A topping for soups like Pozole, Menudo, Albondigas
  • Great for salads, burritos and tacos

I hated wasting cilantro, I love using it in my Mexican stews, salsas, tacos...almost everything.  Finding mushy cilantro in my fridge, just as I was craving pico de gallo and chips...nooo! Well, I found some great tips on Cilantro storage and tried different methods, here they are.

I use three different methods for Cilantro storage:

Refrigerator
Freezing
Drying





How to Store Cilantro in the Refrigerator:



Refrigerator: Place cilantro in a glass of water and cover it loosely with a plastic storage bag. Place the stem ends of the herbs into the water in the jar, I use a  large mason jar. 



How long can you keep Cilantro in the refrigerator?

You can keep fresh cilantro ready to use in your refrigerator for about two weeks or longer, change the water every few days. Snip off what you need from the cilantro bunch and recover the jar.





Can I  freeze Cilantro for longer storage?

  • Yes, you can freeze Cilantro. To freeze, wash and drain whole sprigs, then pat dry with paper towels. Place a few sprigs at a time into small plastic freezer bags and freeze.
  • Olive oil & Cilantro: 1-2 cups of chopped cilantro in 1/3 cup of olive oil in a freezer bag.
  • Cilantro/Olive oil puree cubes:  Place cilantro and olive oil(adjust oil as needed) in a blender..puree, then place in the ice cube tray. Freeze overnight, then transfer to a large freezer bag. Use cubes as needed.
  • Cilantro will last in the freezer up to six months
Tip: Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing the bag








How to dry Cilantro:

  • Oven drying - Wash cilantro thoroughly from any dirt or debris.
  • Set your oven at 250°F,  prepare cilantro on the baking dish.
  • Coat baking sheet with baking spray,
  • Strip leaves off stem and place on a sprayed baking sheet.
  • Spread leaves out evenly on the baking sheet in a single layer. Let the leaves dry out in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven, allowed to cool. Scrape leaves from the baking sheet.
  • Store the dried cilantro leaves in an airtight container. Dried cilantro can be stored for up to 3 years in a sealed, airtight container.

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