Keeping Cilantro Fresh

I love using fresh herbs in my kitchen creations.  It just seems like everything tastes better, smells better and even looks better with fresh cut herbs.  I grow a lot of my own fresh herbs but there are those that I haven’t been able to grow very well or grow enough of.  One of those herbs is cilantro.

Yummy!  I love cilantro and it loves me back, it loves you too!  This herb is packed with nutrients and healing properties.

Have you ever bought a nice fresh bunch of cilantro with vibrant bright green leaves only to have it wilt and the leaves turn yellow in a couple of days in your fridge?  Me too!  That is so discouraging, especially if you didn’t even get to enjoy it.

If we want fresh cilantro*, and I mean fresh in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks then we need to treat it like our favorite fresh cut flowers.

Step One:

Remove all wilted and discolored foliage and snip about 1/4″ off the end of the stems.  I like to keep the rubber band or twist-tie around the bunch to keep it better contained.

Step Two:

Fill a glass pint jar with a couple inches of water.  Place cilantro in the jar, stems in the water and make sure none of the leaves are in the water.

Step Three:

Cover the cilantro with a mesh bag, or you can even use the plastic produce bag that you may have brought your cilantro home in.  Change the water every couple of days.  Your cilantro will last about two weeks!

*Use this same process to keep parsley fresh.


  • Lorene Roberts

    Reply Reply February 20, 2019

    This is brilliant! Thanks Tammie!

  • Kayleen English

    Reply Reply February 21, 2019

    That works great! Great for parsley, too

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