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How to preserve Coriander Leaves ?

I have had tough time preserving Coriander leaves, most of the time I buy these in specialty shops and by the time I finish using half would be rotten. I learnt this method of preserving coriander leaves from a friend in Germany but started to make use of it now when I regularly buy them. It lasts fresh for more than 10 to 12 days.
Coriander Leaves sitting in the fridge for 11 days
Required :
Coriander Leaves : 1 bunch
1 Jar : 4 to 5 inches high or a Glass
How to do it :
Quick Version
Chop off roots from stem and put into a jar with 1.5 inch water and leave it in the Vegetable tray of the refrigerator.

Detailed Version :
  • Un-tie the coriander bunch on a sheet of paper and chop out the roots if any.
  • Remove brown or rotten leaves
  • Take out any stems which are very short and use these in next days.
  • Put the rest of the leaves together in the Jar which has 1.5 inches of water.
  • Water should be just a little above the bottom tip of the stem.
  • Keep this in the vegetable tray of the refrigerator. Take required quantity while cooking, wash and use.
New Batch of Coriander Leaves from Market
 Note : Do not take a lengthy Jar, when there is just a few stems left, it would fall into the water. 
Leaves that are not so fresh would turn fresh when preserved in the refrigerator.
Also Known as : Preserving Cilantro, Kothambiri, Kothamili, Kothamilaku
Variations : If your veggi tray is not big enough, then put a transparent cover on the leaves and store it in the bottom of the fridge

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Nithya said... April 8, 2011 at 12:08 PM  

Absolutely useful tip :) Will give it a try for sure

Aruna Manikandan said... April 8, 2011 at 10:31 PM  

Nice informative tip...
Thx. for sharing :)

Priya said... April 9, 2011 at 3:55 AM  

Thats a wonderful tip..thanks dear..

Trisha said... April 19, 2011 at 9:34 PM  

Thank you so much for this tip. I hate wasting coriander leaves. Do you think this would work to preserve fresh sprigs of mint as well?

Roochi said... May 3, 2011 at 3:26 PM  

@ trisha: Thanks for th feedback. Yes it works for mint leaves as well but it wouldnt last as long as coriander leaves. Max 4 to 5 days mint stays fresh

Ms. S said... December 9, 2011 at 7:35 AM  

Great tip...I end up making coriander chutney quite frequently because I hate to see the leaves whither and be wasted. This should help:)

Anonymous said... March 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM  

Corriander leaves also work really well when wrapped well in paper towel and placed in crisper drawer in fridge, this method works great and last several weeks cheers!

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