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!