How to Keep Cilantro in the Refrigerator

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Cilantro is a strong-smelling herb that adds a pungent flavor to any dish. When you buy cilantro, look for bunches that are medium green in color with leaves that aren't wilted. Once you get your cilantro home and start cooking, you may have some leftover from the bunch. Don't throw it out, or just put it back in the plastic produce bag and toss it in the fridge. Store unused cilantro in the refrigerator the right way and enjoy its tasty flavor again later.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Dish towel
  • Paper towels
  • Zippered freezer bag
  • Cut off the dead part of the stems, about 1/8 of an inch. Pick off any dead or dried leaves.

  • Fill a bowl with cool water. Put the cilantro in the bowl and let it soak for five minutes.

  • Take the cilantro out of the bowl and place it on a dish towel. Pat the cilantro dry with the dish towel.

  • Dampen two or three paper towels with water. Wrap the cilantro in the damp paper towels. Put it inside a zippered freezer bag. Squeeze the air out of the bag and store it in the refrigerator for up to five days. Check the paper towels daily to make sure they're still wet; replace them as they become dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another way to store cilantro in the refrigerator is to put the bunch stems down into a glass of water. The water should come right up to where the leaves start. Cover the cilantro loosely with a plastic bag. Stick it in the fridge and store it for up to one week. Change the water every two days.

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