Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday's Tip for Preppers - Preserving Parsley

Fresh vegetables can have an extremely short shelf life. Finding ways to increase their shelf life saves money and cuts down ob food waste. One item that is used around yhe Riverwalker household is parsley. Parsley can be easily stored for several weeks or longer using the same technique florists use to preserve fresh cut flowers. Parsley usually comes in bunches from the grocery store and can go bad quickly if not stored properly.

Preserving Parsley

1.) Snip the cut ends about 1/4 inch. This will give you a new end on the stems.

2.) Place your bunch of parsley in a glass jar with sufficient water to cover the cut ends.

3.) Place the jar in the fridge and cover your bunch of parsley with a large plastic storage bag.

When you need a few sprigs of fresh parsley, just lift the edge of the bag and pull out a few. To maintain the freshness you will need to change the water in the jar every three to five days. It's also best to re-snip the stem ends when changing the water. Parsley has a fairly good shelf life. When compared to other leafy green vegetables, it is better than most. When preserved in this matter, we have been able to keep parsley fresh for over a month, while keeping it fresh and crispy.

Parsley is extremely high in nutrients and well worth a little time to preserve its freshness.

Here's a quick reference: http://www.isfae.org/scientficjournal/2008/issue2/abstracts/abstract20.php

Got parsley?

Staying above the water line!


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