4 tips to keep parsley and coriander fresh and full of flavor for up to two weeks

Coriander and parsley are two indispensable herbs in the kitchen, but especially in Mexican gastronomy, as they are used to flavor all kinds of sauces, broths, pastas, stews, salads and teas. Unfortunately, we usually collect these two herbs in a bouquet, which we do not use completely and spoil.


At kiwilimón, we consider your economy important, but also the reduction of food waste in the kitchen, so we teach you how to properly store coriander and parsley so that they stay fresh for up to two years. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

How to store coriander and parsley? | Photo courtesy of Pixabay

How to store coriander and parsley?

If you want your cilantro and parsley to stay fresh longer, just follow these simple tips.

1. Get rid of dead leaves

The first step is to remove any dried or yellowed coriander or parsley leaves. Then cut a little off the stem to remove the parts that are no longer fresh.

How to store coriander and parsley? | Photo courtesy of Pixabay

2. Wash the herbs very well

A lot of times, cilantro and parsley are usually full of dirt or small debris, so wash them with a little dish soap and plenty of water. After that, disinfect the herbs according to the instructions of the product of your choice.

3. Dry the coriander and parsley

This step is extremely important! It is essential to dry the herbs perfectly before storing them in the refrigerator, otherwise they will rot in a short time.

4. Water will be your best ally

After the cilantro and parsley are well dried, fill a glass jar with 2 or 3 cm of purified water, then place a plastic bag over the glass, followed by a rubber band to secure the bag. This technique allows the herbs to stay hydrated but not wilt due to the cold in the refrigerator. Best of all, this step-by-step recipe keeps cilantro and parsley fresh for up to two weeks.

Remember that the back of the refrigerator is usually at a lower temperature, so it is not recommended to put herbs at the bottom, as they may freeze. On the other hand, don’t forget to change the water in the pot when it starts to change color.

Can cilantro and parsley be frozen?

If you have bought too many herbs, you can freeze them, but it is recommended to use them for cooking hot dishes, such as soups, pastas, stews, teas, because this way you remove excess water.

How to freeze cilantro and parsley

  • Wash, disinfect and dry the herbs very well.
  • Cut into small pieces.
  • Place cilantro and parsley in an ice cube tray and fill with water or chicken or vegetable stock.
  • You freeze the herbs.
  • After freezing, you can use them in the kitchen for up to six months.

Recipes with coriander and parsley

Now that you’ve learned how to keep cilantro and parsley fresh for up to two weeks, go ahead and make these recipes brought to you by kiwilimón, fresh herbs take flavor to a whole new level!

  • Cambray potatoes with coriander pesto
  • Shrimp broth with potatoes and carrots
  • Creamy coriander pasta
  • Creamy Parsley Chicken
  • Coriander and cottage cheese pancakes
  • Fruit juice to improve digestion
  • Light coriander mousse
  • How to make flank steak with chimichurri
  • Coriander pasta with fried cauliflower
  • Tabbouleh
  • Fish wrapped in coriander sauce
  • Ravioli in parsley sauce

With information from Kiwilimon

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