Central Virginia Organic Gardener

"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday Lagniappe: Saving Cilantro

My sister-in-law once told me that she just could not keep cilantro around, that by the time she got to use it, the leaves had turned yellow or black and slimy.  Cilantro is pretty fragile and does not last long in the crisper. Ideally, you should use it up about 2-3 days after you harvest it (or buy it). I have a huge, beautiful crop of cilantro this fall and here is what I do:  I wash it and let it air dry, or gently pat it dry. Then I freeze it in usable amounts in a double freezer bag.  When I need some, I take it out of the freezer, use scissors to snip off what I want into the dish, then return the rest to the freezer. No waste and it lasts for months!

Happy gardening!


Haddock said...

Yes freezer bags does the trick.
One of the best green leaves that is good for health.

Anita said...

I am going to do this! Don't know why I haven't been doing so, because I buy it, use it for one dish, and then, as your sister-in-law says, it's yellow, black and slimy.

This might be a dumb guestion, but is a double freezer bag different from just "a freezer bag."