How to Clean, Chop, and Store Parsley

 

Adding fresh parsley to almost any dish gives food a bright, flavorful boost that the dried version of the herb just can’t provide. Follow the easy steps in this video for a fast, efficient way to prep parsley the next time you cook―and to store whatever you don’t use for maximum freshness.

What You Need

  • parsley gathered with a rubber band
    bowl of cold water
    paper towels
    chef's knife
Follow These Six Easy Steps
  1. “Dunk and swish” the parsley in water

    Dunk your parsley bunch in a bowl of cold water and swish it around; dirt will fall to the bottom of the bowl. For very sandy herbs, repeat with clean water until the bowl is clear.

  2. Shake out the water

    Remove parsley from bowl and shake off excess water.

  3. Pat dry with paper towels

    Pat parsley dry with paper towels. Set damp paper towels aside to use in storing parsley.

  4. Shave the leaves from stems

    Grasping the base of the bunch, use a chef’s knife to shave leaves off stems at an angle, working away from your body. Only shave off as much parsley as you plan to use immediately.
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    Tip:</strong> Leave the rubber band on to help keep the parsley together in a bunch

  5. Chop or “slice” the parsley

    Remove thicker stems, gather leaves in a pile, and slice roughly. Don’t press the parsley leaves too hard; you may bruise them.

  6. Rock the knife back and forth for a finer chop

    For a finer chop, use one hand to hold the tip of the knife on the cutting board while the other hand rocks the knife down and across the leaves; continue until parsley reaches your desired consistency.
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    Tip:</strong> Don’t over-cut because it can bruise the parsley
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    Tip:</strong> Use damp paper towels to wrap and uncut herbs and store in plastic bag; refrigerated, they’ll keep for 3 to 5 days.

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