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Table Talk » Quick tip: soak your herbs to remove fine sand
I'm always amazed at the amount of fine sand that clings to the bunches of parsley and cilantro that I buy at the grocery store. Simply washing these bunches of herbs under running water removes some of the fine sand, but I've found that the best way to remove all of the fine sand is to soak the herbs in a large bowl of cold water very much like we did here with leeks. After filling a large bowl with cool water, I remove the band from the herbs and swirl them around in the water, then I let them soak in the water for 10-15 minutes and then use my hands to remove the herbs from the water. If you pour the bowl of herbs and water into a colander, you'll reintroduce all that fine sand to the herbs and you'll need to start over again. I spread the herbs out on a clean towel and let them dry before using them. You can also use a salad spinner to dry them.
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