I do not know about you but I have a hard time keeping cilantro fresh and alive.
I’ve tried putting it in a small glass of water, standing upright. It wilted and died.
Laying the cilantro down in a basket alone? It dried out and died.
Storing it in the refrigerator? It wilted quickly and died.
Wrapped loosely in a paper towel? It wilted and died too.
The main problem is I do not use much cilantro in my cooking so it dies before I can finish using it. After thinking about the recipes I use that contain cilantro, I realized most of them also contained lime. I decided to try a little experiment by freezing the cilantro and lime in cubes and it worked! Yipee!
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 6 limes (or so you might need more depending on how much cilantro you have)
- Place 1-2 TBSP chopped or roughly torn cilantro into ice cube trays
- Add juice from half a lime to each cube, using a citrus juicer (like this one Cuisinart CCJ-100 Citrus Pro Juicer)
to ensure you get all the juice out
- Freeze until solid
- Pop cubes out of the trays and store in freezer safe bags
- Thaw one cube as needed for recipe
One of my favorite uses for these cubes is when making this Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice recipe. I love Chipotle and this recipe is spot on! I have made it using white and brown rice and it is delicious every single time.
Do you have a great way to store fresh cilantro? Share your tips with us in the comment section below!
Have a blessed day!
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