Health & Wellness

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

Parsley, a versatile herb cherished for its flavor and freshness, is a staple in many kitchens. To extend the lifespan of your parsley and maintain its vibrancy, try this handy preservation method:

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. Preparation: Begin with fresh parsley. Wash it thoroughly and place it on a clean cutting board.
  2. Chopping: Using a knife, chop the parsley into large pieces.
  3. Soaking: Place the freshly chopped parsley in a fairly deep container. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the parsley. Pour cold water over the parsley until it is completely submerged, allowing the baking soda to dissolve. Use a spoon to ensure the leaves are fully soaked. Let the parsley soak for about fifteen minutes.
  4. Cleaning: While the parsley is soaking, clean the cutting board with vinegar or alcohol to eliminate any bacteria.
  5. Rinsing: After 15 minutes, rinse the parsley under running water, changing the water about three times to remove any remaining baking soda.
  6. Drying: 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.
  7. Preparing the Jar: 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.
  8. Filling the Jar: Fill the jar with the dried parsley.
  9. Sealing and Storing: Seal the jar with an airtight lid and place it in the refrigerator. Your 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 incorporate into your kitchen routine.

Barbara Livingston: Empowering Wellness Through Accessible Insights.