Ice Cube Method
The traditional method of freezing Coriander is to chop the herb up fine and suspend the chopped herbs in a little water before freezing.
Salad Spinner or two clean absorbent kitchen towels
Kitchen shears or chopping knife and chopping board
Ice Cube trays
Fresh tap water
1. Pick through the fresh Coriander removing damaged leaves and tough stems and rinse. Gently spin dry or pat dry between two kitchen towels to remove as much moisture as possible.
2. Chop up the Coriander, removing tough stems, and place a teaspoon or two into each compartment of the ice cube trays.
3. Top off with water and freeze in the freezer.
STORAGE: Once the ice cubes have frozen, remove the herbed cubes and store in an air tight freezer bag or jar in your freezer.
USES: These Coriander ice cubes can be used in sauces and soups. To use the herb as fresh in salad dressings or dishes with little liquid content, place the cube in a glass of room temperature water until melted and strain through a sieve to remove the Coriander from the water. Add to the recipe as required.
Vacuum Sealer Method
This method allows for great color, texture and flavor retention by keeping the sprigs whole and air tight. I feel it is the best way to store pungent herbs such as Coriander.
Vacuum sealer with appropriate bag material
Salad Spinner or clean absorbent kitchen towels
Kitchen shears or paring knife
1. Wash and gently spin dry or blot with kitchen towels to remove excess moisture.
2. Snip or cut off tough woody stems and discolored or damaged leaves.
3. Make a bag from the roll material large enough to hold the sprigs of Coriander and allow space between the herb and the final seal and seal one end.
4. Label bag with contents and date sealed.
5. Place herb sprigs into the bag.
6. Place bag end into the sealer and vacuum seal.
7. Place in the freezer flat. After the bags have frozen solid, they can be stored upright, taking up little space in the freezer.