Cilantro is valued for its fragrant aroma and fullness of useful substances. It has beneficial effects on taste buds and enhances appetite. Therefore, a fragrant herb is widely used in cooking, although not everyone is delighted with its smell.
Fresh cilantro does not last long - less than parsley or dill. But lovers of this aromatic spice can take advantage of several methods that allow them to store greens for longer, and make a blank for the winter.
How to keep cilantro fresh in the fridge
Fresh cilantro should be stored in a cold place. On the shelf of the refrigerator, she can "hold out" for up to 3 weeks.
The question of how to keep cilantro fresh in the refrigerator is of interest to many lovers of this fragrant green.
Bought (collected) a bunch of spicy herbs sorted out, removing spoiled leaves and weeds. After this, the stems are cut a little, and put them in a jar of water (you should not wash it first). Only the lower part of the stems should be in the liquid, but not the leaves. On top of the green "bouquet" is covered with a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator, on the middle shelf.
The water in the tank must be replaced with fresh daily. You should also often check the status of your stocks and, if necessary, update the slices on the stems.
Juiciness and bright green color of leaflets will save as much time, being in tightly closed bags or food containers. To condensate inside was where to go, in a bag with cilantro put a napkin, which then will need to be replaced with a dry one.
Storage of cilantro in the freezer is possible throughout the winter. At the same time, the spice preserves color, aroma, most of the vitamins and minerals.
The greens are washed, dried well on a spread paper towel, and then placed in small portions in bags (containers), tightly closed and frozen.
You can also store cilantro in a freezer in crushed form. It all depends on how you plan to use it.
This herb is not subject to re-freezing, so you should choose small containers for it to use seasoning without a residue at a time.
If the crushed leaves are placed on ice molds, add water to them and freeze, we get a ready-made additive in the form of fragrant cubes, which can be used to season various dishes. If you replace the water with melted butter or olive oil, the taste of the spice will change a little, but the preparation will also be stored for a long time.
After a few hours, when the cubes in the molds are frozen, they are poured into packets. The bags are tightly closed and stored in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.
The greens are thoroughly washed and sorted. All damaged and too coarse parts of it must be removed. To remove residual moisture from the leaves, they are laid out in a single layer on towels, and dried at room temperature.
Spice is optional chop or leave as is. Then spread it in a small layer on a tray or baking sheet, and send it to a dry, closed from the sun, warm room with good ventilation. The time during which the cilantro is completely dry, usually ranges from 2 to 7 days. But if you need to speed up the procedure, you can use the oven or an electric dryer.
Drying the cilantro is considered complete when it begins to crumble (greens should not crumble into powder).
You can store dried cilantro in bundles. Greens are collected in small "bouquets", tied and hung them down with leaves in a dry place (barn, porch, attic). To prevent dust from settling on them, each bundle is wrapped in a paper bag with ventilation holes. After 10-14 days of such drying, the seasoning will be completely ready for packaging and further storage.
Dried cilantro can be stored in tightly closed glass containers or in a canvas bag. Place for seasoning choose dry, dark and cool. There she will maintain quality for up to 12 months.
Before storing fresh cilantro in a salted form, you need to measure 20 g of salt for every 100 g of greens, and then proceed in the following order:
- Need to remove the stems.
- The greens are washed, dried, and then crushed.
- The resulting mass is stacked in layers in a clean jar, while the layers are well tamped and pour each of them with salt.
- When the jar is filled to the top, its contents are squeezed strongly to form juice.
- Seasoned containers are tightly closed with plastic caps, and sent to the coolest shelf of the refrigerator.
Storage of salted cilantro can last all winter. And you can add it to the first, meat and vegetable dishes, the taste of which will become much more pleasant. At the same time, they will need to be salted less than usual, given that there is already a certain amount of salt in the seasoning.
How to preserve cilantro seeds - coriander
The seeds of this spicy culture are also actively used as seasoning. They are usually harvested at the end of summer, when coriander accumulates the maximum amount of essential oils.
Cilantro is drying umbrellas in dry weather, in a ventilated place, under a canopy (sunlight should not fall on them). Seeds in 2 - 5 days will be ready for storage. But previously, even so, they will need to be sorted out, removing all substandard fractions and garbage.
Coriander is stored in tightly closed glass or metal containers. You can also use bags made of dense natural fabric or vacuum bags.
Shelf life of coriander is 6 - 18 months in a dark, dry place.
Before storing cilantro for the winter, it should be properly prepared. Any of the methods listed in this article involves the use of high-quality, timely collected material, otherwise no one can guarantee success.
How to store fresh cilantro
It is better to store cilantro freshly picked in the garden or bought at the market in the refrigerator. Before sending it to the shelf, you need to do the following manipulations:
- Inspect the cilantro bunch, remove small impurities. You do not need to wash the greens.
- Prepare scissors or a knife and slightly cut the stems. This frees up the fresher part of the plant, which will absorb water unhindered.
- Fill the jar with clean water and put a bouquet of cilantro in it. The stems should be drowned in liquid, and the leaves should be out of the water.
- Cover the jar with a plastic bag. It can be fixed with a pharmaceutical rubber band. This will protect the cilantro from air intake, which will contribute to better conservation of greenery.
- Cilantro put on a shelf in the refrigerator.
The water in the bank must be changed every three to four days. You should also check the tips of cilantro. If they begin to rot, take a knife and cut off the tainted part.
Another way to keep fresh cilantro:
- Unwashed greens put in a bag.
- Peel a small onion and add there.
- Send a packet of cilantro to the refrigerator.
After three to four days, it is advisable to replace the onion with a fresh one. If the bag is wet, you should change it.
You can store greens until the leaves begin to change color and wither. Usually in a refrigerator, cilantro keeps fresh and bright in color for up to two weeks.
How to save cilantro for the winter. Freezing
For the preparation of cilantro for the winter is used:
Freezing will help preserve the natural green color of cilantro. This process is simple:
- Wash and sort greens.
- Dry completely.
- Cut cilantro or leave whole branches.
- Put greens tightly in plastic containers or bags, send them to the freezer, and it is reasonable to place no more than 60 grams of cilantro in each package.
Freezing can be done in another way:
- Pour the cut cilantro into ice molds.
- Pour in water so that it covers the greens.
- Send to the freezer.
- After freezing, remove the green cubes, individually wrap them in plastic wrap, put them in a container and put them back in the freezer.
In the refrigerator, frozen cilantro will remain until the next harvest. Its taste will change a little, but useful substances and aroma will remain.
Harvesting dried cilantro for the winter
Dried herbs do not lose their beneficial substances and lasts at least a year. Therefore, cilantro can be prepared for the winter in this way:
- Load greens into a bowl or bowl of water. Let her swim for about ten minutes. This will allow dirt, debris and insects to separate.
- Rinse cilantro under running water.
- Dry the greens on a paper towel.
- Cut the cilantro. It should not be too small, since after drying it will significantly decrease in size.
- Prepare a tray, tray, or other flatware.
- Cover the bottom with parchment paper.
- Thin out the cilantro with a thin layer.
- Send to the oven, turned on for a little heat (40 degrees). After 4 or 5 hours, the greens can be removed.
Coriander, dried correctly, crumbles, but does not crumble into dust.
You can dry cilantro on the veranda, balcony, attic, in a darkened place in the kitchen. Greens need to be mixed periodically so that it dries evenly.
Cilantro is dried in small bunches. They should be firmly tied and hung down with leaves in a dry room (in the pantry, shed, on the veranda). Cover the leaves with paper bags in which to make holes for ventilation in advance. After two weeks, the greens will reach the desired condition.
Pour well-dried cilantro into a glass container. A canvas bag will do. Cilantro is stored in a dry place. From time to time it is necessary to check whether moth or mold has started up in the greenery.
How to store coriander in the refrigerator
Prepare the following in advance:
• kitchen scissors,
• plastic bag,
1. First, it is worth trimming the stems with sharp kitchen scissors. During the trimming of the bottom of each stalk, a fresh part of cilantro is released, so that water is absorbed. If the stem is more than an hour in the air, then it dies and the possibility of water absorption is limited. In the absence of kitchen scissors, a sharp knife will do.
2. Leaves must be dried (wet are not suitable). If there are particles of dirt or debris on Chinese parsley, you need to get rid of them immediately before adding to food, rinsing under running water.
3. Then you have to fill the jar with water. In a glass container you need to pour. Or ½ of cool water. A suitable indicator of water is when the stems are covered. Make sure that you are not under water. So, you need to treat coriander in the same way as if before you were a recently picked flower bouquet. Cilantro is absorbed by the water through the stems as it does with flowers in a vase. So cilantro will remain fresh much longer.
4. Then cover the cilantro in a jar with a clean plastic bag, while paying attention to the leaves and neck of the container. If there is a desire, it is just right to tie a bag in the neck area with an elastic band. After completing this procedure, it is worth sending the jar to the refrigerator and watch until the leaves begin to change color or fade. Cilantro will mainly remain fresh for about 2 weeks. When the water changes color, pour it out and fill it with fresh water. 2-3 times the water will need to be changed.
How to keep cilantro fresh in a freezer bag
What will be needed for storage:
• paper towels,
• baking sheet
• kitchen scissors or a sharp knife,
• bags for freezing,
1. First, rinse the leaves and then dry. As water drains from the plant, use towels to dry. Then put the coriander in a colander for a couple of minutes or lay it on towels. Distribute until all the water has drained. Chinese parsley should become dry, once you decide to resort to this method. Do not rub the leaves, otherwise damage them.
2. Leaves can be cut if desired. As an option - freeze the whole leaf. As soon as the cilantro thaws, it is advisable to cut the leaves from the stems with kitchen scissors or a sharp knife. The privilege of this method is that it is easy to measure part of the cilantro when frozen or used in food.
3. You can spread the plant evenly on a baking sheet to bake. Take care not to touch leaves / twigs. If decomposed into several layers, the cilantro will stick together and then it is difficult to separate.
4. Place the pan in the freezer. Having started freezing in this way, it is easy to freeze each leaf or branch separately. With beam freezing, cilantro freezes into a continuous mass.
5. Next, send the cilantro to the bags for freezing. It is necessary to decompose the plant (approximately 60 g) in bags. It is advisable to indicate the name of the herb on the package, the number of freezing and weight.
6. Storage in the freezer. You will be able to keep cilantro for several months. If you decide to use the product, let it thaw naturally (a microwave is unacceptable!) Until it reaches room temperature.
How to store down in an ice mold
• paper towels,
• molds for ice,
• plastic bags for freezing,
• a kitchen knife
1. Rinse cilantro. Twigs need to be lowered under cool water. After the water is glass, put the plant in a colander or on a couple of layers of towels.
2. Cut the cilantro into pieces. Here you will need a sharp kitchen knife for trimming leaves from stems. You need to cut the leaves into small pieces. You can use kitchen scissors for these purposes.
3. Place the cilantro in the ice cage. You should take about 1 tbsp. l., or 15 g of crushed cilantro and put in a mold for ice. So it’s worth filling all the cells.
4. Pour the plant with water. To do this, take a spoon, pour water so that the latter is under cilantro. Do not fill out the molds under the tap, because due to water transfusion, the amount of coriander in the cells will decrease. By the way, thanks to the water, cilantro will keep fresh longer.
5. Put cilantro in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to solidify the water. In this form, the product will be stored for more than one month.