I love adding parsley's bright color and clean flavor to all kinds of recipes. But I hate wasting money when the parsley wilts before I can use it all up. You know what I’m talking about. Good thing there’s an easy solution. You can make fresh parsley last longer by doing a very simple thing as soon as you unpack your grocery bag.
A bunch of parsley
Cloth or paper towels
Knife or kitchen scissors
Jar or cup
Plastic bag large enough to fit over the parsley
- Rinse parsley to remove soil. Discard any yellowed leaves and stems. Blot dry.
- Gather parsley into a bouquet and snip a bit off the stems to even them up.
- Put an inch or so of fresh water in the jar and add your parsley bouquet. If any leaves are below the water level, strip them off and use them up first.
- Cover the parsley loosely with a plastic bag. This keeps the leaves humid but allows airflow.
- Put the jar in the fridge.
Your parsley bouquet will stay fresh for two or three weeks with a little TLC: Change the water a couple of times a week, remove any yellowed leaves, and give the stems a fresh trim once a week.
Another way to keep parsley fresh is to wrap it in a paper towel, put it in a plastic bag, and store it in the fridge. On the plus side, this method saves shelf space. On the minus side, I lose sight of the parsley and forget it's in there—something I never do when there's a bright green bouquet of parsley waving hello every time I open the fridge.
If you're looking for ways to use up fresh parsley besides sprinkling it on everything in sight, give these recipes a try:
I hope this kitchen tip helps you save both money and parsley.
[Photo by Vanessa Greaves]