Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Basil Harvest

What do you do when your basil plant is out of control?  Harvest time!  How do you preserve fresh basil?  Dry it? Takes too much time.  I deceided to freeze mine and here's how...

Go out and gather all your basil.  Pull off any flowering parts and seeds and stick them into the ground, they will grown new plants.

Wash your basil throughly 2 or 3 times.  Then use your wonderful salad spinner to remove the water

Wash, rinse and spin!

Chop basil and add just enough olive oil to cover the leaves.  I used my food processor and pulsed it until desired size.  Now I am going to put the basil into ice cube trays to freeze.

After they are frozen, pop them out and put into a freezer bag.  Now you will have fresh basil to add to your sauces and soups this winter.  

I wish you could smell how fresh this is when I opened up this bag to photograph the frozen cubes.  It smells just like it did when I chopped them up the other day.  Can't wait to use them.  

Happy Eating!


Anonymous said...

Love this tip. Thanks for posting!! By the way clicked to follow you on Pinetrest and was unable to do so.

Mary said...
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Mary said...

Hi Patty,

Thanks for the comment and the heads up on the Follow me on Pinterest button. I now have it working so if you would like to go back and hit on it again, I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest.

Thanks a bunch!

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