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Dottie May

Parsley

A couple of days ago I bought a pot of Parsley from Waitrose. Unfortunately, I'm not now going to use it by the sell by date. How can I keep it? Will it freeze in a bag if I cut it off, stalks included? Any other suggestions please.

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JAMES

Parsley.

Dottie May, Hope you are well my lovely.

I'd be tempted to take all the leaves off and chop it as you would to use it, then pop into a plastic bag and pop it into the freezer. You can then take it as you need it. Some people put it into ice cube trays, cover with water to make ice cubes with whatever herb it is in it, but I don't think this is really important. I've often frozen herbs as described without any problem.

xx

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Wendy

Freezing parsley

I totally agree with James but I have frozen the stalks also to make 'bouquet garni' and to throw in soups and stews.

Wendy

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Biggles !

Parsley, preserving

Agree totally with above comments. However, last year hubby experimented with a microwave method. It has been very successful and saves room in the freezer. I now have a large shelf full of home grown and home micro-waved herbs sitting in jars (in a dark corner, of course). I think the m/w method retains the flavour better. However, we are only in the first year of production; we might have grown a flavousome crop of herbs.....

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JAMES

Parsley.

I won't eat anything that has been in a microwave. Awful machines. Sorry!

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Dottie May

Parsley

I'm fine James. Many thanks for asking. Hope you are. Lovely sunny crisp morning here. I'll try the method you suggest. Also, Wendy your suggestion re freezing the stalks. Thanks Biggles for your suggestion. I do use a Microwave but perhaps I'll wait and see if you have success with your herbs before I try this method.

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Queen of Puds

Parsley

You don't need to chop it first - you can freeze it whole because when frozen you can crush it, although it won't be as uniform as if you chop it.

What's the microwave method by the way?

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Thistledo

Parsley

Parsley freezes extremely well. Just cut as much as you can from the pot, wash, pat dry and place in a freezer bag then freeze.

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Dottie May

Parsley

Many thanks for all your responses.

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Kilmory

Parsley and basil

When I buy pots of parsley and basil I cut the bottom off the plastic sleeve and stand them in a saucer of water. I also cut off the top of the sleeve to the height of the plant. This way they don't flop over. I've got a pot of basil still flourishing now which I bought in January and parsley which I've just finished and will now stick in the garden.

Kilmory

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sam from worthing

Parsley.



well, I have several pretty pots and troughs, that i grow on potted herbs from the supermarkets. even from having a parsely pot literally shorn short, just pot up in a pot outside, surround the top of the soil with pea shingle and let nature takes it course, and in about 4-5 weeks your parsley pot will start re-sprouting. I have 2 chive plants re-growing at varying stages from last year one set of chives is about an inch high and the other is abouh 3 inches high already despite being outside all winter with snow and harsh frost. My thyme is growing ten to the dozen which was just a pot of thyme from tesco...as was my rosemary which is now 2 foot tall and a foot wide. and my parsely i shoved in my trough at the end of january is already doubled in size.

 
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