Parsley is an easy to grow, cold sturdy herb that can be collected throughout the entire growing season. It’s a biannual plant, which suggests it will grow for two years, and it will flower and die the 2nd year. Once parsley flowers, it won’t taste as good so it’s finest to collect the entire plant when it begins to flower. Gathering parsley, and after that cleansing and keeping it enables us to enjoy our homegrown parsley all year long.
Like basil, parsley is a cut-and-come once again plant, implying you don’t need to gather it all at once. You can harvest from it over and over again throughout the whole growing season. So whenever a recipe calls for fresh parsley, you can just go out to the garden and take the exact amount you need from the plant.
Gathering parsley fresh from the garden is easy. To gather parsley, merely cut or pinch off each sprig at the base of the plant (right at the soil level). This will allow the plant to branch out again, and produce a lot more fresh parsley for you to harvest later on.
If you’re going to collect all of your parsley simultaneously, you can just cut the whole plant down to the ground. Select just the stems that have dark green leaves on them, and discard any yellowing or brown stems.
CLEANING UP NEWLY HARVESTED PARSLEY.
Given that parsley grows pretty low to the ground, often it can be pretty unclean after you harvest it. If there’s not much dirt on the stems and leaves, you can just give your parsley a quick rinse. However if there’s a great deal of dirt, then I like to toss my parsley into a bowl of water and let it soak for a few minutes. Then I’ll gently swish it around to wash the dirt off. After that, I drain pipes the water utilizing a colander, then fill the bowl and swish it around once again. I’ll duplicate this process till the water is clear. Once it’s tidy, I use my salad spinner to spin dry my parsley prior to keeping it. It’s a fantastic (and essential) tool if you grow herbs or any greens in your garden!
After gathering parsley and cleaning the leaves, there are a couple of methods you can store it. If you just require to save your fresh harvest for a brief time, then you can keep it in the refrigerator. But if you desire your harvest to last through the winter season, then you’ll need to either freeze it or dry it. Freezing herbs helps them hold their taste much better, however drying is likewise an excellent alternative. Here’s more information for each of these techniques of keeping parsley …
In the fridge: Fresh parsley will last for several days in the refrigerator, and in some cases I’ll just store it right in my salad spinner. An herb keeper likewise works excellent for keeping fresh parsley, and it uses up less room in the refrigerator. You might likewise keep fresh parsley in a glass of water in the refrigerator for a few days if you’re in a pinch.
In the freezer: Freezing parsley is easy, and it’s one of the best methods to store garden fresh parsley. I simply toss my fresh parsley into a freezer bag. But if the parsley isn’t dry enough, the leaves can clump together in big chunks using this method. So, if you don’t want that to happen, you can flash freeze your parsley first. Merely lay the parsley sprigs on a cookie sheet and freeze them for 10-20 minutes prior to putting them into a storage container. That will keep them from sticking together when they’re frozen.
I have a couple of favorite dishes that require parsley, so I likewise like to freeze some of my parsley in perfect parts to make it super simple to simply drop it into my recipes. To do this, you can utilize herb freezer trays or mini ice cube trays and measure out any part you desire prior to freezing.
In the kitchen: Another method to maintain parsley is by drying it utilizing a dehydrator or herb drying rack. Once it’s dry, you can save it whole in a sealed container, or you can crush it up and store it in a spice container. A small food mill or an herb mill makes crushing parsley very quick and simple.
Parsley is one of those herbs that you most likely do not require every day, but it’s absolutely a must to always have it on hand in the kitchen. Nothing beats the flavor of fresh parsley, but because it’s extremely simple to shop, you can keep your garden fresh harvest and utilize all of it winter long.