April 3, 2012

Keeping Cilantro Fresh

     Hello!  It's Recipe Tuesday and today's entry isn't a recipe but a helpful tip, one that we wish we'd known about years ago!
     Aaron and {love} to add cilantro to our Mexican dishes.  I usually purchase a bunch at the grocery store the day of our meal but we could never keep it fresh.  It always ended up as "cash in the trash" after a few days.  We tried just about everything we could think of to keep it fresh: keeping the bunch in the lower section of the fridge (in the bag and out of the bag), placing it in a glass of water (like a bouquet of flowers) and just leaving it out on the counter but nothing worked.  Within a day or two it would shrivel up or turn all slimy and gross. 
     One of Aaron's co-workers suggested cutting up the cilantro, placing it in an ice cube tray with a little water and freezing it. 
Such a simple idea... why didn't we think of that?! 
Now, whenever we need cilantro we simply take a few cubes from the freezer and add them directly to the dish we're preparing.  The water melts and only the cilantro is left - it tastes like we just picked it up at the store and you'd never know it was frozen!

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! I am going to try this because I have the same problem! Thanks