Keep your parsley fresh for weeks by using one of these 3 simple storage methods! Whether still whole in a bunch, or previously chopped, you can save money and prevent waste once you learn a few quick tips to preserve this delicate fresh herb.

You can easily store parsley in 3 different ways.

There’s nothing more frustrating than purchasing a big bunch of parsley, storing it in your herb drawer, and then completely forgetting about it until it’s a wilting, mushy mess.

That’s why I’ve come up with 3 different ways to store both whole bunches as well as chopped parsley so you can cut down on waste and maximize freshness. This method works with the two most common types of parsley: Italian flat-leaf as well as curly.

Should you rinse parsley before storing?

First off: are you storing it whole or already chopped?

If storing it with leaves and stems intact, you do not want to rinse it before storing.

If storing it already chopped, you will want to rinse it before chopping and then storing it; parsley is much too hard to clean once it’s cut.

Two types of parsley are laid on a cutting board.
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3 Ways to Store Parsley

1. Storing Whole Parsley (Jar Method)

The jar method is the absolute best way to store parsley (it’s also the best way to store cilantro!).

You should not rinse the parsley first. All you need to do is trim the ends of the stalks so the bunch will sit flat in a jar.

Then, place the trimmed bunch in a large glass jar (a mason jar or pint glass works great). Pour some water in so it fills the bottom couple of inches, but do not go more than halfway. Cover the parsley with a plastic bag or leave it open.

Keep the parsley in the fridge for up to 2 to 4 weeks.

Note: The water will start to change color, so make SURE you change the water every 3 to 5 days.

2. Storing Whole Parsley (Paper Towel Method)

If you’d prefer not to leave it in water, there is another option.

Similar to the jar method, do not rinse the parsley first. Place the bunch on a damp paper towel, then fold the edges over the parsley.

Place the packet in an airtight container or back into the plastic grocery bag and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

3. Storing Chopped Parsley

Sometimes, you have leftover chopped parsley, or you want to get a jump on dinner. Thankfully, there is an easy way to store it.

The most important thing is to be sure the leaves are completely dry. Then, spread paper towels across an airtight container. Drop the chopped parsley on the towels and seal the container.

Store the parsley in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days.

Does parsley need to be refrigerated?

Parsley doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge, but it will last MUCH longer and stay fresher when stored cold.


How long does parsley last in the fridge?

When stored properly, whole parsley can last for up to 2-4 weeks. Chopped parsley, on the other hand, can last for up to 4-5 days.

What is the best storage for fresh parsley?

Because parsley isn’t the hardiest herb (like sage, rosemary, or thyme), placing the stalks in a little bit of water in a jar in the fridge is the best method.

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