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
“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.
Shake out the water
Remove parsley from bowl and shake off excess water.
Pat dry with paper towels
Pat parsley dry with paper towels. Set damp paper towels aside to use in storing parsley.
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.
Tip: Leave the rubber band on to help keep the parsley together in a bunch
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.
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.
Tip: Don’t over-cut because it can bruise the parsley
Tip: Use damp paper towels to wrap and uncut herbs and store in plastic bag; refrigerated, they’ll keep for 3 to 5 days.