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Old 09-09-2018, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Does anybody else use this thing? I've used the glass method for cilantro, parsley, basil, etc. And it works, but my fridge is pretty full and those glasses get ripped over too often. The paper towel method helps for a few days, but hardly enough to bother with.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:13 PM
 
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Does anybody else use this thing? I've used the glass method for cilantro, parsley, basil, etc. And it works, but my fridge is pretty full and those glasses get ripped over too often. The paper towel method helps for a few days, but hardly enough to bother with.
I have used a variety of such devices and only one ever worked as well as just putting it in a glass or jar. Use a mason jar. They won't tip over. $15 for a cheap plastic thing that won't clean easily is just a waste of money when a "free" glass jar you would otherwise just toss in the trash after you empty it will do a better job anyway.

The one that worked as well was labeled "Parsley Keeper" and it had a breathable ceramic lid. It was glass. But any old glass jar or glass will do. I've been doing this for 40 years by now and I have NEVER tipped a glass over. It's easier if you put it in the door instead of on a shelf. Less stable on a wire rack but there aren't many fridges with wire racks any more. In that case you can just get one of those fridge bins just big enough for the glass and set the glass inside one of those so it has a flat bottom to rest on instead of directly on a wire rack.
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Old 09-09-2018, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Probably genetic...to those not predisposed it has a soapy flavor. The rest of us are blessed with a much better palette!
Actually you've got it backwards - those of us with a certain gene can taste the similar-to-soap compounds that are actually present in the cilantro, you just can't taste them. You can have all of the cilantro in the world as far as I am concerned. There are plenty of awesome tasting herbs out there to keep my palate happy.

I've been keeping basil fresh for years by making a little cup or vase of water and leaving it on the counter. No plastic cover or refrigeration necessary.
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:47 PM
 
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I store my cilantro in a vae in the refrigerator.

As for green onions, if they are deteriorating, I give them to my wife and she replants them in her garden. In a couple of weeks, they pretty much double in size and still taste great.
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Old 09-09-2018, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Wrapping herbs in a damp paper towel then into a large zippy bag keeps it fresh longer that 2 days. However since I don't like cilantro I don't buy it.
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Actually you've got it backwards - those of us with a certain gene can taste the similar-to-soap compounds that are actually present in the cilantro, you just can't taste them. You can have all of the cilantro in the world as far as I am concerned. There are plenty of awesome tasting herbs out there to keep my palate happy.

I've been keeping basil fresh for years by making a little cup or vase of water and leaving it on the counter. No plastic cover or refrigeration necessary.
I agree - I think the term is "super tasters" - I grow lots of herbs that I LOVE. One yr. accidentally bought cilantro instead of parsley - NOBODY I knew would take it, LOL.
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:33 PM
 
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The fresh cilantro I buy goes bad after just a couple days. Any way to keep it fresh longer?
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Keeping it fresh longer - no problem. George's "simplyrecipes.com" solution is very good, but not optimal. You do NOT need to trim the bottoms - if the roots are on it will keep slightly longer. Either way will do.

The secret is to keep the plant hydrated while in the cool and VERY DRY environment of a refrigerator. Like flowers, the leaves require moisture. And, like flowers, this is best delivered via the stalks by putting them in water. As many others have noted, it is then best to cover the herb with a plastic bag. I also use a rubber band to close the bag at the bottom, or give the bag a twist. The important thing is to keep the air around the cilantro leaves humid. You do NOT want the leaves to be wet, or they will turn to slime, and quickly so. If you have some leaves that have gone to slime, they should be removed asap, or adjacent leaves will turn to slime.

Regarding the soapy flavor. I find that the soapiness is reduced by not using the stems. Like finding the best part of the asparagus stalk by feeling where it will break, I remove cilantro leaves from the stem by pulling them, and letting them break away where the stalk is tender enough. I find this reduces the soapy flavor. However, I also recognize that this is a highly personal preference (for or against).
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:15 PM
 
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Actually you've got it backwards - those of us with a certain gene can taste the similar-to-soap compounds that are actually present in the cilantro, you just can't taste them. You can have all of the cilantro in the world as far as I am concerned. There are plenty of awesome tasting herbs out there to keep my palate happy.

I've been keeping basil fresh for years by making a little cup or vase of water and leaving it on the counter. No plastic cover or refrigeration necessary.
Yeah, ok.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/...tes-like-soap/
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:21 PM
 
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Very few people are super tasters, certainly far fewer than those who don't like cilantro. Not liking cilantro does not mean you are a "super taster".

I don't get the hatred here. If you don't like cilantro it doesn't make those of us who love it somehow inferior to you, or idiots. I happen to hate coconut with a deep and abiding loathing. But I don't think only stupid people or people with borked taste buds are the only ones who like it. Ditto broccoli and brussel sprouts - hate the stuff! But my dad, who I loved dearly, loved both. He even loved slimy spinach out of a can with vinegar on it.

So? Some people don't like cilantro, but those of us who DO would like for it to last a little longer in the fridge. Why anyone felt the necessity of expressing their hatred for the stuff, and then turning around and arguing about it to boot, I do not understand.
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Old 09-10-2018, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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^^^ It comes up with every mention of cilantro.
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