Cilantro -- Proper Storage

"I found a solution for keep cilantro for longer than a couple days. The pictures shown are of cilantro that I purchased over two weeks ago."
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Ready In:
336hrs 5mins
1 bunch


  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • Note

  • 1 glass jar, with lid


  • Pick through the cilantro and remove any stems and leaves that are not in perfect condition.
  • Cut off part of the stems so they will fit in jar.
  • Place in clean dry jar with tight fitting lid.
  • Store in the refrigerator, checking every few days, removing any stems that are deteriorating.

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  1. So very glad I happened upon this cilantro storage method! I keep cilantro on hand at all times, and even using it as often as I do, over 1/2 the bunch typically ends up being thrown out due to wilting/yellowing. I've had my jar going for about a week now and and it still looks and smells fresh and beautiful! Each time I need to use some, I just go ahead and pick through and discard the few stems that are failing. Thank you for sharing this method! Update: my first jar kept for just over a month!!! Granted, on my last use there were several stems that needed discarding, but of the still green stems, they remained fragrant and fresh tasting. Over a month!! Amazing!
  2. Being the scientist that I am, I had to do a side by side comparison of this with my usual method of storage (kept enclosed in a plastic produce bag). I checked/used them with the same frequency and found both methods to yield comparable results. They both lasted (and smelled fresh) for 3 weeks, following the directions to remove any yellowing or rotting stems/leaves along the way. We get very fresh produce here, so I am not sure if this method would make more of a difference if the cilantro you purchased weren't as fresh.
  3. This works great. A friend of mine told me about your post, so I tried it. This is going to save me a lot of trips to the market for fresh cilantro. Thanks!
  4. Has worked great for me. Thanks I always seem to buy too much and then it just goes bad and when I need it it's not there! Made for I Recommend Tag
  5. This works great! I tried it on cilantro and parsley, and it worked on both! Made for Favorites of 2009 Tag game...thanks to Marramamba for putting it in your cookbook!


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