A Good 2 Weeks of Fresh Cilantro

I know that giving instructions about how to store fresh cilantro seems like a silly thing to blog about.  And it might be common knowledge and maybe I just re-invented the wheel, but in the last several months I have “discovered” a great way to store cilantro so that it will last in the refrigerator for up to three weeks ~ maybe even longer, but I haven’t tried beyond three weeks.  I used to wash, dry, and wrap the cilantro in paper towels, and then bag it and place in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator until needed, but it never lasted more than about a week.  And since I only grocery shop every two weeks I needed to plan my meals so that I was using the cilantro within that time period.  However, one day after grocery shopping I decided to try a different method to see if I could store it differently so that I didn’t have to be a slave to my cilantro.  This is how I store it now:   IMG_5290

I wash and dry the cilantro.


Then I pull off the leaves and place them in my salad spinner and give it some good spins to make sure it is throughly dry.


I place two paper napkins in the bottom of a plastic kitchen storage container and put the cilantro leaves on top of the napkins.  {This photo only shows a portion of the bunch of cilantro cuz I wanted to show the napkins at the bottom.}

Then I place two more napkins on top of the cilantro and cover it tightly with the lid and put it in the refrigerator.

Every few days I take the container out of the refrigerator, take off the lid, remove the top napkins and unfold them and let them dry out from the absorbed moisture, and fluff the cilantro around to air and dry out {leaving the lid off while the napkins dry}.

Sometimes the cilantro gets a tiny bit limp but I’ve found that letting it air and dry out a bit helps keep it fresh enough for using in any recipe I want use it in.

After the napkins are dry I refold them and place them back on top of the cilantro, put the lid back on, and return to the refrigerator.

I keep doing this until I use it all up.


This is how this container of cilantro looks after two weeks.  Still fresh looking, no brown or mushy leaves at all.

So that’s my method and it seems to work well.  How do you store fresh herbs?  I would love to know.


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14 Responses to A Good 2 Weeks of Fresh Cilantro

  1. Deborah March 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    What a great idea – I need to try this! I usually put mine in a jar with water (like you would flowers) and put it in the fridge, but I love that the leaves are pulled off and ready to go this way. What a time saver!

    • Lori March 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      Hi Deborah ~ I’m going to try your method the next time I buy cilantro. Thanks for telling me about it.

  2. Shannon @ I Knead to Bake March 7, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    I will DEFIANTLY be trying this! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Lori April 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      Great. Let me know how it works out for you, Shannon.

  3. Ginger March 7, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I really need to try this. I usually leave it in the bag and only wash what I need when I need it. That works ok, but after a week you can tell that things are beginning to go south. It would be great to have it last two weeks.

    I’d love if you linked up to my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/03/show-tell-16.html

    • Lori April 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      I know where you’re coming from, Ginger. My cilantro always did the same thing. Give this method a try and let me know how you like it.

  4. Marie March 7, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    It’s definitely not something silly to blog about. I really appreciate the tip! My cilantro never lasts very long and I always end up throwing out more than I should.

    • Lori April 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      Well, Marie, I hope it lasts a lot longer now. Thanks for commenting.

  5. natashalh March 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I may be the only person who got really, truly excited about seeing this post! My man is Cuban and loves cilantro, but I’ve never had any luck keeping it nice. I can’t wait to share this with him when he gets back from deployment!!

    • Lori April 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      Hi Natashalh. I’m so glad to know that you got really, truly excited about storing cilantro. I’m sorry that you’re having to live with that “D” word ~ we pray for military families and especially separated military families every day. May God bless your family.

  6. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl March 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    What a great tip! I always, always, always have cilantro on hand, so I’m loving this post! Thank you so much for linking up at What’s in Your Kitchen Wednesday!

    • Lori April 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      You’re welcome, Ashley. Thank you for hosting your link party.

  7. Sherri March 26, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    This is a wonderful idea! Cilantro doesn’t last long for me usually. I love cilantro and use it in a lot of dishes. I am thrilled to find this tip. Thank you!

    • Lori March 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Hi Sherri ~ I hope you like this method. It’s the best I’ve come up with so far.

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