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Preserving Cilantro

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:50 pm
by green~acres
This is the first time I have planted a herb. I think I will have more cilantro thanI will need at one time.How is the best way to preserve it? Freezing? How long would it keep in the refrigerator? Any advice is welcome. Thanks
Julie

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:28 am
by The Helpful Gardener
You can stuff the roots in a glass of water and keep it in the fridge for a month or more, green and alive...that's my first suggestion...

Freezing always takes away something, but we have frozen cilantro, basil, and parsley just rinsing branches clean, air dry, and throw it right in a ziploc, getting out as much air as you can (one of those little vacuum units would be great).

HG

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:21 am
by green~acres
Thanks. I will try the freezing method. I do have one of those vacuum things.You all always have good helpful advice.
Julie

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:26 am
by The Helpful Gardener
Why thank you Julie!

:()

HG

Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 4:07 am
by jal_ut
You can dry it then seal it in a plastic ziploc.

Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:39 pm
by Gardener972
My friend's mother blends up cilantro and onion with a bit of water in her blender and freezes it in ice cube trays then bags it. I want to try that!

another idea

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:05 pm
by olamina
I just found this "cilantro pesto" idea and am going to try.
https://nofearentertaining.blogspot.com/2008/12/cilantro-pesto.html

We can't get cilantro in the stores here at all, so I am looking for ways to make my garden yield stretch into the winter.

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:54 pm
by green~acres
Hello All,
There was also a Pico De Gallo recipe at another page at that website. Has cilantro in it. I am finding there are more uses for cilantro than I thought.
Have a great weekend. Julie