Store cilantro in a glass with water to keep it freshStore cilantro in a glass with water to keep it fresh
Put a paper bag over top to keep the leaves from drying outPut a paper bag over top to keep the leaves from drying out
  • Store cilantro in a glass with water to keep it fresh
  • Put a paper bag over top to keep the leaves from drying out

If you’ve ever stored cilantro in a plastic bag in the fridge, you know that before too long you’ll have a slimy green-brown sludge. Nobody wants sludgey cilantro, so here’s a better way.

Think flowers.

Slice off the ends of the cilantro stems, put them in a glass, and fill partway with water. Put a paper bag over top to conserve moisture, and store it in the fridge.

If you’re really diligent (which I am only occasionally), you can swap out the water after a few days so it stays really fresh. By storing cilantro this way you can have fresh cilantro for a couple weeks or more, instead of green-brown sludge. Win-win-win.

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