Is dried cilantro worth keeping on hand?
For instance, tonight I want to make a vegetarian chili recipe and all I'm missing is the fresh cilantro. It would be great if dried cilantro worked fairly well in an application like this. Opinions?
I can see where there is no substitute for it in something like guacamole.
i've found a brand of freeze dried or what not variety of herbs called Litehouse. I have used both the Basil and the Parsley with very good results. I don't always have access to fresh herbs in my area. I have not tried the cilantro, but a large bunch of this, tends to go off in my fridge before i get to use it, so i'd be willing to try it in soups and such. I have tried a tube variety of cilantro and it's ok....another option are those little cubes you can buy ready made in some grocery stores.
I've never had a lot of luck with dried cilantro. Try shaking some out into your hand and trying it before you put it into any dishes. This will give you an idea of how much you will need to use. I've found that dried cilantro is mostly flavorless, and I fear you will come to the same conclusion. There's just no substitute for fresh herbs, but I believe that some certainly lead themselves to drying better than cilantro.
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I find dried cilantro has no flavor.
There are a few better quality herbs out now that may work,
I have a frozen Basil by daregal that I think is quite good, and a refrigerated dill in a tube. The dill I don't like as much, it has some canola oil and sugar added to it that make it a little sweets. I would think the freeze dried cilantro would be better than the dried.