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Too much cilantro

dct Jul 31, 2008 02:17 PM

The cilantro patch in the garden is starting to flower and needs to be hacked back, STAT. Any ideas for preserving the bounty? Freezing, canning, whatever..it's a beautiful crop and there is a second planting getting ready too!

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  1. DanaB RE: dct Jul 31, 2008 02:59 PM

    I think you can freeze it. I've never done this before, but recalled reading a thread where herb preservation methods were discussed. Here it is:


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    1. re: DanaB
      brendastarlet RE: DanaB Jul 31, 2008 03:34 PM

      You absolutely can freeze it! Mince it up and pack it into ice cube trays with just a little water. And the flowers make a nice garnish, don't throw them away.

    2. smittys RE: dct Jul 31, 2008 05:10 PM

      Unwashed cilantro can be kept in a closed mason jar for at least a few weeks in the refrigerator. I just did this--I think it lasted at least 4 weeks.

      1. pikawicca RE: dct Jul 31, 2008 05:16 PM

        Make cilantro pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays.

        1. paulj RE: dct Jul 31, 2008 06:44 PM

          See the green chutney thread for ideas on how to make a spicy cilantro puree/pesto that freezes well.

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            dct RE: paulj Aug 3, 2008 02:08 PM

            I made a batch of the chutney, which was so good and quickly reduced a big wad into 1 and half cups of chutney.

            I also made a cilantro rice I found on epicurious and froze that.

            Thanks for all the tips--I have more to do :)

            1. re: dct
              TexasToast RE: dct Aug 3, 2008 02:23 PM

              Make an Indian green chutney. This freezes very well. Use the cilantro (plus stems), some garlic, green chillis, salt, lime juice, and blitz the while thing until smooth. If you can get it, use a tart green mango (or a sour apple) also, for that spreadable consistancy.

              The whole stuff does not freeze well at all. Yes, you can do it, but it doesn't thaw well.


          2. Boccone Dolce RE: dct Aug 3, 2008 06:42 PM

            I'm jealous. Really into cilantro lately- I was very indifferent about it before. It always tasted like Barbie doll hair to me. Now I want to grow my own.
            I decided to try a very tasty coconut milk and chicken soup with tons of cilantro, ginger (I didn't have lemongrass) and scallions, a jalapeno, some garlic- it's a new favorite.

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