Are you a fresh herb lover? Have you ever wondered how to store fresh cilantro and other herbs? There is an easy way to store leafy herbs that can make them last up to 6 weeks!
I love cooking with fresh herbs, but hate wasting the leftovers! Cilantro is one of our favorite fresh herbs to purchase. I love using fresh cilantro easy Tex-Mex recipes including Southwest Ranch Style Beans, Seven C’s Chicken Salad, Healthy Southwest Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing, and Transforming Black Bean and Corn Salad.
The downside? When cooking with fresh cilantro I would use up part of my bunch, store the remainder in the fridge crisper, and then find myself tossing out half used bunches.
Herbs like cilantro are sold in large, fresh-cut bundles in grocery stores all across the United States. While I love the convenience of picking up herbs as I shop, I hate the fact that there is so much waste.
Cut herbs generally don’t have much of a shelf life so after a week or so they get slimy and unusable. My cilantro used to look like crispy brown leaves or slimy mush after a few days in the crisper. (See the poor wilted stems above?)
How to Store Fresh Cilantro
Fortunately, there is a simple storage trick that can help fresh cilantro last up to 6 weeks! What's the secret? Treat bunches of cilantro just like you treat fresh-cut flowers!
Like a florist, you need to trim the ends of your leafy herbs, place them in fresh, cool water and store them in a fridge. Once a week or so you need to replace the water and retrim the ends. Freshly trimmed ends will be able to absorb more water, allowing the herbs to stay fresh.
You can loosely cover your herbs with a plastic bag once they are trimmed and in cool water. I use a disposable bag from the grocery store vegetable section (I usually get one with my cilantro). Herbs can also be stored uncovered. See which works well in your fridge, it depends on the humidity in your area.
My cilantro lasts a LONG time with or without a plastic bag cover. Just remember to trim it regularly and keep the water fresh. This storage tip works with many leafy herbs. Check out my parsley!
Here’s my current batch of cilantro, can you believe it is more than six weeks old? No slime in sight!
I hope you try this technique to make your fresh herbs last longer!