How to Keep Parsley Alive and Fresh for Months: A Chef’s Trick

Parsley is a versatile herb that adds flavor and freshness to a wide range of dishes, making it a valuable ingredient in many kitchens. To keep parsley vibrant and fresh for an extended period, here’s a chef’s trick you can use:

Preserving Fresh Parsley:


  • Fresh parsley
  • Baking soda
  • Cold water
  • Vinegar or alcohol (for cleaning)
  • Paper towels
  • A clean, dry glass jar with an airtight seal


  1. Start with fresh parsley. Wash it thoroughly and place it on a clean cutting board.
  2. Chop the parsley into large pieces using a knife.
  3. Take a fairly deep container and place the freshly chopped parsley in it.
  4. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the parsley.
  5. Pour cold water over the parsley until it is completely submerged, and the baking soda dissolves. Use a spoon to ensure the leaves are fully soaked.
  6. Leave the parsley to soak for about fifteen minutes.
  7. While the parsley is soaking, clean the cutting board with vinegar or alcohol to eliminate any bacteria and ensure it’s ready for future use.
  8. After 15 minutes, rinse the parsley under running water, changing the water about three times to remove any remaining baking soda.
  9. Place a clean sponge towel on the now-clean cutting board and spread the drained parsley on top. Pat the parsley dry with the towel.
  10. Prepare a clean, dry glass jar with an airtight seal. Cover the bottom of the jar with paper towels and press them firmly against the walls of the jar using a spoon.
  11. Fill the jar with the dried parsley.
  12. Seal the jar with an airtight lid and place it in the refrigerator. The parsley will remain fresh and vibrant for about a month.

By following this preservation method, you can ensure that your parsley stays fresh and ready to use whenever you need it. It’s a handy trick to have in your kitchen routine.

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