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twoapenny 03-05-2007 09:10 AM

Can you freeze coriander
 
Can you freeze coriander?

i freeze parsley all the time, been told you can also do basil, but what about coriander as it has such a strong flavour .......:huh: will it ruin it ??

YT2095 03-05-2007 09:24 AM

you can do just the same with coriander too, I do it all the time :)

jkath 03-05-2007 11:57 AM

They sell it at my local Trader Joe's market - it's minced and in these tiny little trays (like mini-ice cubes), so I'm sure you could do the same thing with great results.

YT2095 03-05-2007 12:01 PM

that`s how I do mine, I grow my own Coriander, I wash it and chop it up, then ram it into an empty icecube tray and freeze them, when frozen I pop them out into a plastic bag and store in the freezer, I can take as much or as little as I want then :)

Yakuta 03-05-2007 12:33 PM

I think it depends on how you intend to use it. I would not use frozen chopped corrainder as a garnish to my salsas and dishes I make. The fresh corrainder has a bite and zing that would be lost if it's frozen.

If you are just using it in stews or curries it may be fine, but again nothing like fresh corriander as a garnish. Freezing it makes it soggy.

YT2095 03-05-2007 12:36 PM

I don`t think the intention was as a garnish :)

although it still works from frozen in a riata quite nicely.

jennyema 03-05-2007 01:03 PM

I guess I don't get the ice cube tray idea.

I chop up cilantro (with garlic, usually) and measure out 1T dollops which I seal in Press and Seal wrap or regular plastic wrap and freeze flat. Then I put them in a quart-size freezer bag.

YT2095 03-05-2007 01:10 PM

you wash and chop it up, then press into an empty ice cube tray, then freeze it, you then pop out the individual blocks of frozen herb and put them into a bag and return to the freezer.
then when you want some you take a cube or more out depending on what you need.

jennyema 03-05-2007 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by YT2095
you wash and chop it up, then press into an empty ice cube tray, then freeze it, you then pop out the individual blocks of frozen herb and put them into a bag and return to the freezer.
then when you want some you take a cube or more out depending on what you need.

Yes, I know that. But I still don't understand going to the trouble of the ice cube tray.

My point is that using the tray adds a whole 'nother step that IMO doesn't seem to add much value.

Freezing the herb in plastic wrap saves a step and, as they are frozen flat, takes up a lot less space in the freezer.

I used to use the ice cube tray method but dispensed with it when it seemed like more trouble than it was worth.

YT2095 03-05-2007 01:42 PM

why spend all that time and extra plastic when the method I employ uses a single plastic bag and if very fast to do?
it`s used in Industry all the time too :)


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