When it comes to purchasing fresh herbs, like this cilantro, it’s a shame to end up buying a bunch, then only using a bit and having the rest turn slimy and brown in the fridge.
If you have this problem, here’s a great way to preserve cilantro and similar leafy herbs like parsley and basil to reduce waste and be sure you have a fresh addition to your dishes on hand when you need them.
Preserving Fresh Leafy Herbs
1. When bringing fresh herbs home from the market, remove the rubber band or tie holding the stems together.
2. Wash the herbs in cool water, then drain a few minutes in colander.
3. Spread herbs out onto clean kitchen towels or paper towels, whichever you prefer, until completely dry. (Air drying, not pressing, is the best way to preserve the essential oils in the leaves. That is where the flavor is, so we don’t want to disrupt the leaves until we’re ready to chop and add to our dish.)
4. Once completely dry, roll up the herbs in a dry, clean towel (or paper towel) as shown.
5. Place rolled up towel with herbs in a large zip top bag, labeled with type herb and date. Store in veggie drawer of fridge.
Now, we can have fresh, clean herbs handy, take out just the amount we want and the rest stays fresh for up to 2 weeks!