Here’s how to store parsley so it stays fresh! This genius kitchen trick keeps it bright green for a week or more.

How to store parsley

Ever brought home a bunch of parsley, only to discover it’s wilted before you get time to use it? This is a common issue for home cooks, and one that’s happened to us often. But once you discover this trick to how to store fresh parsley, you’ll never be stuck with wilted herbs again! This method makes parsley stay fresh for up 1 week or more. Here’s the secret to fresh herb storage!

How to store parsley

Parsley is an herb with a clean, peppery flavor and subtly bitter undertone. It’s often used in Mediterranean cuisine and has a vibrant green color. There are two types of parsley: curly parsley has curly leaves and Italian parsley has dark green, flat leaves (which is often confused with cilantro.)

The best method for how to store parsley? Use a large a canning jar or herb saver! This keeps the parsley fresh for much longer than placing it the produce drawer. Avoid storing it in the plastic produce bags from the grocery store, which make it wilt immediately. Here’s what to do (or scroll down):

  • Use a large canning jar with lid, or purchase an herb saver. For parsley we prefer using an herb saver, because it’s just the right height and width for the bunch. Here’s the herb saver we’ve used for years. (You can use it to store any fresh herbs!)
  • Add a few inches water inside and add the herbs. Place the cut sides of the parsley into the water.
  • Add the lid. Capping with a lid helps to keep the herbs fresh for even longer. How long are they good for?
How to store fresh herbs
Herb saver vs large canning jars: the herb saver is great for parsley

How long does this keep parsley fresh?

Don’t use this method, and your parsley will last only a few days if you throw it in the produce bin. Using an herb saver or jar with water, parsley should stay fresh about 1 week or longer. Of course, the timing varies based on the freshness of the herb when you buy it and the specific herb saver you use. The flavor is best as close to the purchase date as possible, but it may last even longer than 1 week.

Best ways to store other herbs? See How to Store Cilantro, How to Store Basil, How to Store Mint, or How to Store Fresh Herbs.

Parsley recipes

There are so many great ways to use fresh herb (what are you using it for?). Here are some of our favorite parsley recipes:

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How to store parsley

How to Store Parsley


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 bunch 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to store parsley so it stays fresh! This genius kitchen trick keeps it bright green for a week or more.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 large glass jar with lid or herb saver*

Instructions

  1. Find a very large canning jar or use a purchased herb saver. Make sure the jar is large enough that the parsley stems won’t be squished or packed inside. Place a few inches of water inside (or fill up to the water line in the herb saver).
  2. Place the herb stems inside the jar, with the cut side in the water. (Cut off the ends if necessary to fit them in the jar.)
  3. Screw on the lid of the jar or add the top of the herb saver. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week (or more, if using the herb saver).

Notes

*We recommend using an herb saver for best results.

  • Category: Herbs
  • Method: Storage
  • Cuisine: Herbs

Keywords: How to store parsley, how to store fresh parsley

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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