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How to Preserve Cilantro from Your Garden

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Don’t you just love cilantro?  Here are some quick tips on how to preserve cilantro for use in salsa or Mexican food.   This is one of my favorite food preservation tips.  You won’t believe how easy it is!


I know a lot of my readers have gardens, so I thought today I would share with you one of the ways that we are able to preserve the things we grow in our garden so that we can put them in our food storage and use them all year round.


Did you know that you can preserve herbs from your garden and have homegrown seasoning for your food all of the time! There are lots of herbs that you can preserve by drying them.



How to Preserve Cilantro from the Garden


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Steps for Drying Cilantro

  • After you pick your fresh cilantro from your garden just wash it and let it air dry (you can speed up the drying by blotting lightly it with a paper towel if you like).


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  • Fold over the top of the paper bag, lay it on its side on the kitchen counter, and then let it dry for 10-14 days. Once it is dried out completely it will crumble easily.  That means it is time for you to remove the stems and crumble the cilantro up into little bits!


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  • That’s it!  Now you can either put it in your spice jar OR if you have lots (like I did), you can put it in a mason jar — I had two jars worth!  


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Having homegrown dried herbs on hand is such a great addition to whatever you cook.  I am excited to try drying basil this year!  It will be so yummy in my marinara!


We have dried parsley, fennel seed, and cilantro.  It feels so good to be using things from your garden all year long!


Be sure to check out these other great food preservation tips:

Preserving Zucchini

Preserving Pumpkin Puree

Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar

Preserving Cilantro

How to Dry Parsley

Preserving Strawberries with a Dehydrator

Canning Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

Dehydrating Apples

Raspberry Freezer Jam

How to Can Salsa

How to Can Apple Pie Filling


Tell me in the comments below…what are your favorite herbs to preserve?


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See ya next time!






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Saturday 3rd of August 2019

This year my little son (6 yrs old) planted his own garden. Apparently he planted cilantro! It is growing very well so I can't wait to dry it and be able to use it as you suggested. What a wonderful way to be able to use it all year long!! Thanks for a great tutorial.


Sunday 4th of August 2019

Oh, how fun! Little kids love playing in the dirt! I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful. Enjoy!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

How long do the dried herbs last?


Tuesday 11th of June 2019

I am sure that depends on the herb, but for example...I dried A LOT of parsley two+ years ago. It is almost gone now, but I used some last week in a quiche and it was still just fine! I have used dried cilantro up to a year later. Just make sure you are storing in an air tight container!


Wednesday 1st of May 2019

I have my herbs started. Can't wait to plant them


Thursday 2nd of May 2019

Yay! We are just getting started with ours!


Tuesday 5th of February 2019

Thank you. Finally found this. Would i be able to do this wi th any herbs? Lavende r, basil etc


Thursday 7th of February 2019

I have done basil and that will work fine. I haven't tried lavendar, but I would think it would work. If you try it, please let me know!

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