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Preserving Cilantro

I have had excellent results by chopping the whole bunch of cilantro into approximately 1 inch pieces and putting it all into the blender. Add approximately 1/2 cup of olive oil and turn the blender on to the lowest speed. Mine has a speed for chop and grate. You may have to carefully stir the top part to get it to rotate to the bottom of the blender. Be especially careful not to stir deep enough to touch the blender blades. It might be best to turn the blender off while doing this.


Stop the blender as soon as the entire bunch has reached the blades. The object is to achieve a coarse chop of all the cilantro. You don't want a puree. Remove the mixture from the blender and place in a container that closes tightly and store in the refrigerator. The oil and cilantro mixture will congeal. Then just spoon out as much as you need for your dish and stir it in.

I have only used this for dishes that I'm cooking but it has proven excellent for that. It will keep for months in the refrigerator.

Total Time: 15 minutes


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March 13, 20131 found this helpful

Hi, keeping it in the fridge can allow bacteria to develop. For longer than a few days, put the mix into a freezable container or bag and slip it into the freezer.


I do this all the time but find the food processor will grind the herbs to desired size with which ever blade I put in. I don't mix with anything and pop them into the freezer in snack size zip bags. I have a huge herb garden and with not using oil, etc I can use the fresh herb in any way I want.

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March 14, 20130 found this helpful

I have tried that method but, unless I froze it, it wouldn't last long and also I couldn't use it in every dish because of the oil. So I tried another way:

chop the the cilantro leaves in a high power blender (dry) and when just chopped to your preference, take out and place in freezer safe containers/baggies and freeze it keeps for a long time (so far it has lasted me months) and you can use it to cook, in salads and just about anywhere you need cilantro. The cilantro does wilt a little but not enough to really make a difference. It still tastes like it should. Hope you like it, I love it this way.

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