September 24, 2012

Freezing Fresh Cilantro

We have a nice collection of dried herbs in our spice cabinet, but nothing beats the fresh version. Cilantro is one of my favorite fresh herbs to cook with. It’s delicious and brings a unique flavor to many dishes, not to mention the fact that it contains several immune-boosting and anti-bacterial properties. I normally purchase a large bunch for a great price, but no matter how much I try to use, I can never seem to finish all of it before it goes bad. 

It’s no secret that I am partial to waste, so I have found a solution that has worked quite well for me. Some of you may remember my posts on freezing fresh ginger root and bananas. I actually incorporate the same idea when it comes to preserving my fresh cilantro. Freezing cilantro gives me the opportunity to utilize what I've bought throughout an extended period of time. This means no waste. YAY!

Here are the steps that I take to freeze my fresh cilantro:

1.  Pull the leaves off of the stems. Chop the leaves into small pieces

2.  Take an empty ice cube tray and fill each section with the chopped cilantro (about 1/2 to 3/4 full)

3.  Add a small amount of water to the cilantro-filled ice cube tray (another alternative would be to
      use olive oil instead of water. Both work fine. It’s just a matter of preference)

4.  Add the ice cube tray to the freezer

5.  When the cubes are completely frozen, remove from the tray and add them to a freezer-safe
      container or resealable bag.

These cilantro cubes are perfect for dropping into soups and when making homemade salsa! 


Kelly Marie said...

Thank you for sharing this clever tip!

Trulywaiting said...

Oh wow, that is cool, and looks easy to do. I have heard quite a bit about cilantro, but have yet to try it...
Care to link up your post on my Healthy Tuesday link-up? I'm always looking for more to join. :)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 I love adding cilantro to soups, rice, and salsa. You should definitely try it to see how you like it.

By the way, thank you for the invite. I'll be sure to stop by. :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 You're welcome! :-)

Katherines corner said...

Terrific tip. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop my friend xo

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Thank you, Katherine! :-)

Mail4roseyblog said...

What a great idea, and it's pretty too.  :)

Julie Waldron said...

I wish I'd known this a few months ago. I had some cilantro that I ended up throwing out because I didn't know how to freeze it. Thanks for the tip! :)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're very welcome! They usually sell so much of it in one bushel. I never get to use it all, before it goes bad. This is a nice way prevent waste. :-)