My neighbor grows parsley in her backyard. She is so generous that she would share some of it when they are in boom, but sometimes, they are really too much for me to consume before they decay. I wanted to have a steady supply of this herb during the winter months. What is the best way of preserving parsley?
There is no better way of enjoying the full flavor of parsley other than to consume it within its first two weeks of postharvest.
Preserving this herb is achievable but you cannot expect it to be as zesty as before. Parsley desiccates over time, and more rapidly than the others. You may store it in cool temperature to extend its life to a maximum of 3 months. Before refrigerating or freezing, cover it tightly with plastic wrap to reduce water loss.
Can You Freeze Parsley?
Unlike other strong-leaf herbs, parsley has a high tendency of drying out. That’s why most advice you read on the internet recommends storing the parsley in the fridge with its stem submerged in a glass of water.
This seems to make sense, but it is definitely not more helpful than simply refrigerating the parsley as it is. In fact, moisture only promotes decay.
Studies show that wrapping the parsley nice and tight lessen its susceptibility to losing much water content. This way, the parsley is kept dry and no air from around is absorbed.
If you wash the parsley, let it dry in a paper towel before refrigerating or freezing. Better yet, put it in the fridge directly and wash only just before you use it in your dishes.
Defrosting a bunch of frozen parsley is not recommended because it will only turn flaccid. Just take out what you need, slice it into crunchy tiny pieces and use it for whatever purposes.
Cut a quarter inch of the stem first before freezing it. As an alternative to plastic wrap, you may wrap the parsley with paper towel and place it into a Ziploc freezer bag.
How to Preserve Parsley?
Turning this herb into frozen parsley cubes is a good way of preserving it. Before using, you may simply add the entire cube into the stew or soup you‘re cooking.
- Cut out the leaves of the parsley
- Gather the leaves into small bunches and place them into each segment of the ice tray
- Add a little water in each cube with the bunch of parsley in it
- Place an ice cube over each parsley to keep them from floating
- Store the tray of parsley cubes in the freezer and let it stay there for 3 to 4 hours
- When the parsley cubes are dry and hard enough, relocate them into a Ziploc bag
- Fill in the freezer bag loosely and keep the cubes in single layer so they will not stick together
- Suck as much air as possible out of the freezer bag and seal it close
- Label the bag and freeze
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