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lone nut

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Cilantro storage Sun, 07/22/07 7:07 PM (permalink)
I forget where I read this tip on cilantro. When I buy a bunch, which admittedly is almost free, I generally can't use it all before it's gotten sort of rotten. Then, a few days after I've bought one, I have to run back to the store for a fresh bunch. So, here's the tip, seems to work well: Cut an inch or two of stems off, wrap a moist paper towel around the freshly cut stems, put the bunch back in the produce bag, and toss it in the fridge. I can get at least a week out of the bunch this way.
-Scott Lindgren
 
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    Texianjoe

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    RE: Cilantro storage Mon, 07/23/07 9:19 AM (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by lone nut

    I forget where I read this tip on cilantro. When I buy a bunch, which admittedly is almost free, I generally can't use it all before it's gotten sort of rotten. Then, a few days after I've bought one, I have to run back to the store for a fresh bunch. So, here's the tip, seems to work well: Cut an inch or two of stems off, wrap a moist paper towel around the freshly cut stems, put the bunch back in the produce bag, and toss it in the fridge. I can get at least a week out of the bunch this way.
    -Scott Lindgren


    That works really well. You can also place it in a jar with some water and place it on your window sill. It will keep just as long and not get limp or bruised.

    joe
     
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      lone nut

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      RE: Cilantro storage Tue, 07/24/07 12:36 AM (permalink)
      OK, Texanjoe, I will try that thing with the jar; Should there be a lid on it? I still think making a fresh cut on the stems is not a bad idea, what about refrigeration? Why am I placing the jar on the windowsill?
      I'm from Dallas, what about you?
      Ooh, here's a thought: Cilantro ICE CREAM!!
      -Scott Lindgren
       
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        Texianjoe

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        RE: Cilantro storage Tue, 07/24/07 9:50 AM (permalink)
        No lid. Fresh cut is a good idea. It will continue to absorbe water and stay fresh like fresh cut flowers. Not needed if done this way. For the sunlight. Houston. Yuck.


        joe
         
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          NYNM

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          RE: Cilantro storage Tue, 07/24/07 1:13 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by lone nut


          Ooh, here's a thought: Cilantro ICE CREAM!!
          -Scott Lindgren


          I think Tara's in Santa Fe makes it!
           
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            roossy90

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            RE: Cilantro storage Mon, 07/30/07 10:19 AM (permalink)
            Glad to see this, as I just took a dried out bunch from the fridge drawer.. nice and dried up, crunchy and fell apart when I touched it..
            I wonder if I can still use it as a dried seasoning...LOL....

            This post might be better off in the Misc/Cooking or Food related thread....
             
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              Michael Hoffman

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              RE: Cilantro storage Mon, 07/30/07 10:36 AM (permalink)
              I store basil, cilantro, parsley, and other herbs by washing them when I bring them home, then allowing them to dry throughly before wrapping them in damp paper towels and putting them in the refrigerator. They'll usually last for more than a week that way.
               
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