Keeping Cilantro Fresh
When you find something that works, it’s only kind to share with others! Which is exactly why I am writing this blog post! Keeping cilantro fresh has always been a challenge, but not anymore.
Because of the world pandemic, I went back to an old technique and what I discovered was mind blowing!
Keeping cilantro fresh has never been easier! With the use of these cotton towels I saw a much longer life in the herb!
After about 10 days I checked on my cilantro and removed a few yellow/brown pieces that might be the bad “leaf” in the bunch, but there were very few to even pick out. Regardless, I wouldn’t want those suckers ruining the others. Afterwards I rolled it back into a nice burrito, placed it in a plastic bag, sealed it shut, and placed the herb in the fridge.
THEN… I forgot about it for a week. Literally, I forgot about that entire bag of cilantro. When I opened the bag and unfolded the towel, the result was shocking! Which is why I am here sharing the results with you.
My previous trial and errors have been:
- wrapping in newspaper or paper towels
- using special cilantro containers (I have no space in my fridge)
- finely cutting the cilantro and placing it in a container with a paper towel on the bottom and top (works well for a week)
- pre-washing and then drying overnight
- leaving it as is from the grocery store (guilty AF)
Not going to lie, I didn’t make it a priority to learn how to keep my cilantro fresh for longer than a week, until this pandemic hit! I am very thankful for companies like Farm Fresh To You who are able to deliver fresh groceries. Even then, keeping cilantro fresh became a priority.
- Unwrap the cilantro from the bundle and shake off any excess water (in a sink or outside).
- Cut the ends off of the cilantro; any yellow or brown ends/leaves should be discarded.
- Lay the cilantro on a hand towel and let it air dry for no more than an hour
- Grab this towel and lay it flat on dry counter space.
- Lay the cilantro evenly on top of the towel with stems all on one side and tips on the other.
- Begin lightly rolling the cilantro from one end to the other tucking in the ends as you go (like a burrito).
- Place the towel inside a plastic bag (ziploc) and seal it shut.
- Refrigerate the bag.
- Check the bag once a week to remove the bad leaves and stems.
- Wash the cilantro before using.
These towels are very useful for everyday tasks and kitchen hacks. They was well and store in compact space. Your mind will be blown, hands down!
Other ways to use these towels
- everyday dusting and cleaning
- reusable paper towels!
- keep herbs such as parsley and dill fresh
- dish towel
- cheese cloth for paneer, seekan, labneh, etc
Hope you found this information helpful! Let me know if this trick worked for you. I really enjoy hearing from you.