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Hi Buzzers! I'm making AR's Lime Cilantro Rice, and it calls for 1/2 cup chopped cilantro. Do I use the stems AND leaves, or just the leaves? TIA!

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Last updated: Apr. 27, 2013 7:56 pm
Posted: Apr. 26, 2013 5:33 pm
Answered by: Marie C.
Apr. 26, 2013 5:43 pm
You can use both but I prefer using only the leaves for appearance. To separate the leaves from the stems hold the stems firmly in one hand. Insert the tines of a fork at the base of the bunch and quickly rake through the leaves. The leaves will be pulled away and you will be holding the stems.
Mother Ann
Apr. 26, 2013 6:21 pm
Marie C. Thanks for that tip with the fork! I will try that next time I have cilantro (or parsley, too?). And, I agree, don't use the stems, just leaves.
Apr. 26, 2013 6:32 pm
The stems can be bitter.
Apr. 26, 2013 6:37 pm
A chef friend taught me this trick. You would have thought I won the lottery I was so thrilled. We use cilantro often and this makes it so easy.
Apr. 26, 2013 6:47 pm
Marie that is an interesting tip. I'm usually lazy and use it all unless the stems are thick. I will have to try that.
mimosa ain't no PRO
Apr. 26, 2013 8:48 pm
Awesome tip Marie C.!! I always use "mainly" the leaves, meaning bunch it up and cut off most of the stem but don't sweat the smaller stem parts up to maybe an inch below the leaf.
Apr. 27, 2013 8:49 am
Love that tip with the fork Marie! I only use the leaves. I don't like the stems and my family members pick them out. This rice is very good. I did use Minute rice-followed the directions for the Minute rice then added the lime and cilantro. The regular rice came out sticky for me. Any tricks on how to make rice without having the sticky problem?
Apr. 27, 2013 7:56 pm
Lela, rinse your rice under running water very well to wash off some of the starch if you want individual kernels.
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