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Secret To Keeping Cilantro Fresh In the Refrigerator For Weeks

I can’t count the times I’ve gone to the fridge, opened the veggie drawer to grab some cilantro for a recipe, and be completely frustrated that It’s only 3 days old and already wilted! Doesn’t matter how I set the humidity in my refrigerator I never can get my cilantro to last more than a few days!

Tired of wasting cilantro? Cut the stems and store the leftovers in a jar with a little water and it'll last you weeks!

I recently learned about a trick that will keep your cilantro fresh in the refrigerator and will last there for weeks, keeping you from wasting your cilantro, time and money! It’s actually really simple and all you need is water and a jar!

When I bring my cilantro home from the grocery store, anything that I’m not immediately using, I tend to save jars from sauces or anything else from the grocery store, we have a basket on top of the dryer in our apartment filled with jars. You can imagine the noise when the laundry is going full force ????.  I don’t remember why we started doing this, but it comes in handy from time to time!

Tired of wasting cilantro? Cut the stems and store the leftovers in a jar with a little water and it'll last you weeks!

This is really easy to do and it takes no time at all to get this done. Just fill up a jar with about an inch or so of water, chop the base of the cilantro, similar to if you were preparing flowers to put in a vase. Place the cilantro in the jar, close the lid and place in the fridge!

Tired of wasting cilantro? Cut the stems and store the leftovers in a jar with a little water and it'll last you weeks!

You’ll be surprised how long it keeps too! I tested this out by leaving the cilantro in there and seeing how long it would take until the freshness was gone. After 1 week the leaves will still green and crisp. The second week? Same thing! The 3rd week? Ehh not so much.

Tired of wasting cilantro? Cut the stems and store the leftovers in a jar with a little water and it'll last you weeks!

But compare that to about 3-5 days sitting in the vegetable drawer, and odds are you’re not going to have much cilantro left over after 2 weeks if you’re a heavy cilantro fan like I am!

Now that you know how to keep your cilantro get to making these recipes with it!

What tricks do you have to keep your veggies fresh in the fridge? Let me know in the comments below!

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Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!