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Old 09-16-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Best way to store fresh cilantro?

I just bought a bunch of fresh cilantro and thought it would be best to put the stems in a glass of water on the counter. Looks like some of them are starting to wilt. Should I be doing something differently?

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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I just bought a bunch of fresh cilantro and thought it would be best to put the stems in a glass of water on the counter. Looks like some of them are starting to wilt. Should I be doing something differently?
Trim the stems, they've had a chance to dry out, then put in the water. You may want to wrap them in a damp paper towel, the stems, and place in the fridge.
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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I always wash it, dry it well ( I like a salad spinner for this ) then wrap it in paper towels and put it in a plastic bag in the fridge. I usually get a good week out of it.
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After you wrap it what type of bag do you store it in?
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:38 PM   #5
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After you wrap it what type of bag do you store it in?

Ziplock bag, or even the grocery produce bag that I brought it home in.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:45 PM   #6
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Ziplock bag, or even the grocery produce bag that I brought it home in.
Thanks! Is it better to seal the bag or leave it open?
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:03 AM   #7
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Thanks! Is it better to seal the bag or leave it open?

I just leave them open, though I keep it in the crisper drawer, for whatever that's worth.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:20 AM   #8
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I just saw this on The Chew the other day on storing and drying herbs

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:12 AM   #9
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I bring them home, wash and trim the stems, then put them in a glass of water, covered with the produce bag I brought them home in. I keep that in the fridge, pulled loosely around the herb - I do this with cilantro and parsley. Trim the stems every day or two till the product is used up. Works great.
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I do as a lot of people have said, I wash then dry, wrap in a paper towel, put into a plastic bag and keep in the fridge. I've found this keeps it for a while. I do wish someone would come up with a long lasting cilantro though.
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