I buy Cilantro all the time. I love to add it to chicken, salads, turkey roll-ups – almost anything. Cilantro is an herb that you either love or hate. I have learned there really is no lukewarm when it comes to its strong taste.
Anyway, if you have purchased it, you know it comes as a bunch, wrapped in some type of plastic baggie. Well, it only stays good for a few days and no human could possibly eat that much Cilantro, that fast. So a girlfriend of mine told me that if I stick it in water, it would stay forever in my fridge. “Soak the stems, not the leaves,” she told me. Ok, so I was a bit skeptical myself. This sounds too good to be true. But weeks into this little experiment, I am pleasantly surprised. Really, I am shocked.
This picture I took tonight. The Cilantro in the picture, I purchased 5 weeks ago! Y’all, this bunch is over a month old. And it still looks and TASTES exactly as it did when I brought it home from the grocery store. I call that a cooking win!
And it’s not just Cilantro – if you soak most herb (stems) and veggies in water, they last so much longer. Think about celery and carrots. Parsley and Basil. Anyway, I just had to share this little life hack. If you are frugal, like me – don’t forget this trick with your herbs. Plus, your fridge looks so much better when you open it, seeing a green jungle opposed to a plastic bag in your produce drawer!
P.S. For my fellow nerds out there – Cilantro is also know as “Chinese Parsley.” That is your random fact for the month, just in case you find yourself on Jeopardy on day.