Even though the calendar pages have changed and we’ve entered a new season, my (near) daily guacamole habit has not waned (nor will it any time soon). I think the key to good guacamole is fresh cilantro, but just how in the world are you supposed to keep it fresh longer than 48 hours?
Well a few weeks ago, the darling Fauxmartha put up a Friday Tip that has changed my fresh-herb killing life. The secret to keeping all herbs to last — treating them like flowers. When you get them home cut the ends and put in a vessel with a bit of water. And here’s the big secret — keep a plastic sack over the entire vase while in the fridge. Every few days change the water and trim the bottom and prune the “bouquet.” It’s so simple! I have just been using the little flimsy plastic bag that I put the cilantro in at the store. What a difference!
As you can see in the photo below, my cilantro is beyond thriving after a week (I actually think that first photo is more like a week and a half). And then in the second photo, well, it’s for sure older than 2 weeks. And although it’s not near as fresh and looking a little sad because maybe I didn’t change the water and prune like a should… there is still a lot of really fresh, usable cilantro to choose from.
You’re welcome. Now go make some guacamole!