Fresh cilantro is a must in the Madness household. The dried stuff just doesn’t cut it. I keep fresh cilantro around for a number of different dishes – fresh, homemade guacamole, tacos or burritos, even sprinkling over tilapia fillets with a bit of melted butter and lime juice. It is one of those unique, versatile herbs that lends such a delicious flavor addition to so many meals.
The problem is that it doesn’t last very long. It might keep a week if you keep it wrapped up in a baggie, but oftentimes I’ll shoot into the fridge to pick a tablespoonful or two to find it has degraded beyond usability. Luckily, there is a better way to store your cilantro to keep it fresh for longer. Here’s how:
- When you bring your cilantro home, rinse thoroughly and cut about 1/2 inch from the stems.
- Fill a large, flat water glass with water.
- Set the cilantro bunch into the glass, stem sides down.
- Store in the refrigerator for longer storage, and if you want even LONGER storage, cover it all with a plastic bag to seal it in.
Yes, this is a bit like how you treat fresh flowers. The concept is the same. Storing it this way will keep your cilantro fresh for up to 2 weeks.