How to Store Cilantro

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Knowing how to store cilantro is the difference between having this fresh herb on hand for a week, or finding a soggy bag of brown leaves in your refrigerator.

How to Store Cilantro?

Cilantro is one of the herbs that are relatively inexpensive, and a few healthy bunches can often be purchased for a dollar or two. However, due to cilantro’s potent flavor, it is rare that you will use an entire bunch in a recipe, meaning that you will need to store the excess stalks and leaves for their next use. The best way to store cilantro without it going bad is to put it in a jar and cover it with a plastic bag. If you follow the steps below, you can store cilantro for 1-2 weeks without the stems and leaves getting wilted and soggy.

  • Step 1 – Cut off the bottom of all the stems in the bunch.
  • Step 2 – Lay out the stems and leaves on a towel and gently pat them dry before storing.
  • Step 3 – Fill a mason jar halfway with water.
  • Step 4 – Place the stalks into the jar and cover them with a plastic bag, then place them in the refrigerator.
  • Step 5 – Unlike other leafy herbs of a similar quality, cilantro prefers cold temperatures to stay fresh.
  • Step 6 – Change the water every 2-3 days as it changes color.
  • Step 7 – Remove stalks as needed; discard stems and leaves that have begun to get soggy or discolored.
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