23 January 2012

Harvesting coriander seeds

Well, I sure have neglected this blog. I have two reasonably good excuses: our recent home purchase and my insane fall work schedule, which left me too exhausted to write. But, it’s a new year, and one of my resolutions is to update more regularly.

I’ve been meaning to write a post about preserving herbs and spices, so I’ll start with one of the easiest: coriander.

When coriander (aka cilantro) goes to seed and the plants are brown and dry, just snip off the upper parts of the plant, leaving the seeds intact. Shake the seeds into a paper bag, and then sieve them to get rid of any debris. Store them in a glass jar (I reuse old spice jars) and in a cool, dark place. Grind with a mortar and pestle when needed.