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.

A bunch of cilantro

Cilantro can be added to pasta, stew, soup and more. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

  • Step 1: Cut off the bottom of all the stems in the bunch.
  • Step 2: Keep 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 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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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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