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Feb 25, 2007 01:41 PM

cilantro--can it be frozen?

I have a large bunch of cilantro and hate to see it go to waste. Is this something that can be frozen?

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  1. Trader Joe's sells frozen cilantro so it seems possible...

    1. Lay cilantro in a single layer on waxed paper on a baking sheet or other flat surface. Place in freezer for 3-4 hours until completely frozen. Place in a ziptop freezer bag, removing as much air as possible.

      1. There was a chef on Martha Stewart the other day who showed his tip for freezing fresh thyme. I don't see why it wouldn't work for cilantro too. He basically blanched it in boiling water for a few seconds (using a mesh strainer), then plunged it into ice water. He said that preserved the color. Then he squeezed the water out and bundled it into plastic wrap.

        1. I grind mine up with garlic and freeze it.

          1. I froze some in water and used half within a month or two and it still had some flavor, I used the rest another month later and no flavor.

            As mentioned, chop it, cover with ice water, and freeze. It should last at least a month or so.