How to store cilantro (green coriander) for 10 to 12 days?

After much experimentation, I find its better not to wash cilantro until you are ready to use it. Before refrigerating, chop off the heavy steams and remove the leaves that are going bad. Pat dry the cilantro. Wrap the cilantro in the paper towel and store it in a paper bag. I like using brown paper lunch bags.

I have been able to store cilantro for almost 10 to 12 days.


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15 thoughts on “How to store cilantro (green coriander) for 10 to 12 days?

  1. Best way and I think only way to store cilantro which I found out from friend working in produce that you put water in glass bottle and put bunch cilantro which you buy from store and put that bottle in refregerator.

  2. * I wash and completely dry Cilantro the day i get it. After it dries, i chop it finely (after cutting the stems). I put it in a plastic box that seals it fresh for days. The box is made specially to keep herbs fresh.

    * My mom also freezes chopped cilantro! I use frozen cilantro if i ever run of fresh. It 90% close to fresh and you can use it whenever – they look like crystals.

      1. Ruchi – You mention that you put the washed/dried cilantro in a plastic box which is made specially to keep herbs fresh. Where do you get these boxes? Thanks.H

  3. Namaste Aunty ji,

    I am a regular viewer of you site and I especially like the Moong Dal Dosa , paneer recipes and the Fusion recipe. I have a question, why is salt added in last in yougurt gravy? Another question i have is, in Paneer recipes and rajma, chhole etc can we add yogurt for consistency and thickening? Actually I am looking for yogurt gravy recipes instead of cream gravy ones.

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  4. You need to take small glass or plastic bottle and add little water into it and put cilantro in that bottle. Put bottle in refrigerator and cilatro will remain perfect for about two week.

  5. Cardomom should have a pleasant, nice, fragrant smell. It doens’t smell like anything else I can think of, but it should be pleasantly strong within a few inches of your nose. If you can’t really smell anything, it’s old and should be thrown out.

  6. AUNTIE I KNOW THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT PAGE TO ASK THIS QUESTION,BUT I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF SMELL IS GROUND CARDAMOM IS SUPPOSE TO HAVE..I PURCHASED SOME AND I DONT KNOW WHAT SMELL ITS SUPPOSE TO HAVE..THANK YOU SO MUCH AUNTIE

  7. I too have had ups and downs with cilantro. What I do is soak it in water for about an hour – this washes it and hydrates the leaves. Then I put it in a colander and let it dry completely. Then I put it in a plastic bag. I usually get about a week out of it. I’ve also heard that wrapping the cilantro in a paper towel also works well – probably much like your paper bag!

    1. Make sure the cilantro is dry (no moisture). Put it in a plastic bag. Hold the two ends of the top of the bag with both hands and twist the bag around so that it will fill with air (it will inflate like a balloon) and then put a knot in the bag. This way it will keep fresh for days, although cilantro does not last too much in my fridge, as I use it in everything!!! I love it!

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