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Old 11-24-2008, 01:08 PM   #41
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I'll heed your advice, but like a lot of people here, I can't justify a trip to the grocery store just to pick up a bunch of cilantro whenever I feel like having some. That's probably the main reason I have stayed away from the fresh spice area in the produce section. I need my produce to have some kind of shelf life.
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:19 PM   #42
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Frankly, I don't understand any of this. I've been buying fresh Cilantro for years now & simply keep it in the crisper drawer of the fridge where it remains perfectly fine - & POTENT - for well over a week. Have absolutely no idea why some of you have such problems keeping it.
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:45 PM   #43
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I'll heed your advice, but like a lot of people here, I can't justify a trip to the grocery store just to pick up a bunch of cilantro whenever I feel like having some. That's probably the main reason I have stayed away from the fresh spice area in the produce section. I need my produce to have some kind of shelf life.
PAC... I buy it at the local farmers market, I store it in the bag it comes in and put it in the crisper drawer and it keeps for up to a week. No flavor loss. Then when I am done using it for whatever... I make that cilantro sauce I love soooo much!
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:33 PM   #44
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Hey, great! Thanks for the sauce recipe.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:05 PM   #45
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Love the stuff... I was wary of it at first as I never had it growing up... discovered it in all the Mexican and Asian foodin TX.

I especially love to make pesto with it. I do this if I have a bunch leftover that I am afraid will go on me.. the above posted sauce would work too... and looks great

and pacanis its true it is a bit more frail than parsley... especially because it is hard to find fresh cilantro in nice shape I see alot of miserable looking cilantro in the supermarkets.... sadly I had no luck growing the stuff either
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:57 PM   #46
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Tough to grow huh? I was thinking of searching through here and seeing if anyone grows their own spices year round... I wouldn't know bad cilantro if I saw it. Everything looks good sprayed with water and under grocery store lighting. And I don't get to the store every week, so, err... "growing my own" may be a good way to go. It's worked in the past
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:59 PM   #47
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I have had mixed results growing cilantro. This year I had it all summer long. It was great. Other years I have gotten a week or two out of it and that is it. I find it very difficult to grow, but I will continue to try each year.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:05 PM   #48
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Do you have a link handy, GB? You grow it inside, right?
Wasn't there a hydroponics thread somewhere? was that about spices?
I'll go look....
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:35 PM   #49
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Sorry, I don't have a link. I just grow it by the seat of my pants. I can't grow anything inside. My cat would eat it all. I grow my cilantro outside in the summer in a pot.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:00 PM   #50
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I found the link I was looking for, a combination of discussing hydroponics and Aero Grow (something like that). And whether or not dill weed grows well enough to eat bowling balls
I think if I (or anyone) could find a semi-easy way to grow indoor spices, that would be perfect. Who cares if something that doesn't cost anything (after the initial investment) goes bad, but drive 30 miles round trip to buy a $0.69 bunch of fresh herb, where you use some and the rest rots in your fridge before you need it.... Well.... that's what dried spices are for I guess.
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