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Old 12-30-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Keeping cilantro fresh

I'm one of those people who loves cilantro but buying it in the market and then keeping it fresh in the fridge is sometimes a problem if I don't use the entire bunch.

What do others do to help keep their cilantro fresh?
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:59 PM   #2
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I use a tall yogurt container and put about an inch or two of water in it. I place the cilantro roots in the water then use the food grade bag to cover the leaves and then use the elastic to put around the bag and yogurt container. This creates a bit of a hydroponic greenhouse. It goes in the bottom shelf of the fridge door..

It lasts for a couple of weeks this way. When I remember, I change the water and weed out any dying or rotting stalks/leaves...Crude set up but effective.

Here is my parsley. I bought this stuff about two weeks ago.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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I do the same as Roch, although I use a tall glass and don't put elastic on it. I just wrap the plastic loosely around the glass.
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I do the same as Roch, although I use a tall glass and don't put elastic on it. I just wrap the plastic loosely around the glass.
I find the elastic helps prevent the bag from coming loose, sticking out and getting caught on everything.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:14 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies---- and I did do that a couple of times until I knocked the container over! I'm sure your fridge is not as cluttered as mine and I'm a klutz! (grin)
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I keep mine in the original produce bag in the crisper drawer in the fridge. It usually lasts for quite a while, though sometimes I forget it's in there and end up with a brown, slimy mess.
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Has anyone chopped the tops off and planted the roots with success? I have a bunch of fresh cilantro in a jar right now with a baggie over it...wondering why I can't pot the roots in one of my herb pots...
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Has anyone chopped the tops off and planted the roots with success? I have a bunch of fresh cilantro in a jar right now with a baggie over it...wondering why I can't pot the roots in one of my herb pots...
As an experienced Cilantro Farmer I can tell you that cilantro does NOT like to be transplanted or messed about with in any way.

I used to grow my own cilantro. Although fairly easy to grow in milder/cooler temps it will bolt (grow tall and go to seed) at the drop of a hat. I always cringe when I see nurseries offer seedlings of cilantro for sale.
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I use a tall yogurt container and put about an inch or two of water in it. I place the cilantro roots in the water then use the food grade bag to cover the leaves and then use the elastic to put around the bag and yogurt container. This creates a bit of a hydroponic greenhouse. It goes in the bottom shelf of the fridge door..

It lasts for a couple of weeks this way. When I remember, I change the water and weed out any dying or rotting stalks/leaves...Crude set up but effective.

Here is my parsley. I bought this stuff about two weeks ago.
Roots? We don't get the roots here. Only the stems and leaves.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:19 PM   #10
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I rarely get roots on my store bought cilantro. But many Thai/Chinese markets will sell them like that because some Thai etc. recipes call for the roots. Maybe their cilantro is slightly different than what we get in the States.
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