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Basil Harvest

August 13, 2010

Kitchen Report, Tips and Tricks

This tip is very easy and learned from my friends Vince & Rose from Italy. Just before the frost clip all your excess basil [or other garden herb], wash and chop. Place the chopped basil into the ice cube trays filling to the top; then add olive oil. Freeze and pop cubes into a freezer bag. Toss into recipe when needed.

Now you have fresh basil for any dish all winter long!

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4 Responses to “Basil Harvest”

  1. John Says:

    Great Idea…much better then drying them out

  2. Melody Says:

    Do you have to (or should you) put it in olive oil when freezing? We have some fresh basil in the freezer but we just kept it in a plastic bag… is it still in good shape?

  3. Anne Says:

    This method limits freezer burn because the basil is submersed in oil which limits water contact. Plus, most recipes calling for basil typically call for olive oil too, very convenient. I am still using my basil from last years harvest.

    I’m not sure how long your basil have been in your freezer, take a look at it… if its covered with [snowy] ice or it has turned black or even black spots I wouldn’t use it. It won’t harm you just taste stale or like straw, yuck.

    Really good food stores or your local farmers market have fresh herbs if you want to give my method a try… even though it is past harvest. I promise you will love it.

    And thanks for visiting my site and your great question!

  4. Anne Says:

    My above listed method limits freezer burn because the basil is submersed in oil which limits water contact. Plus, most recipes calling for basil typically call for olive oil too, very convenient. I am still using my basil from last years harvest.

    I’m not sure how long your basil have been in your freezer, take a look at it… if its covered with [snowy] ice or it has turned black or even black spots I wouldn’t use it. It won’t harm you just taste stale or like straw, yuck.

    Really good food stores or your local farmers market have fresh herbs if you want to give my method a try… even though it is past harvest. I promise you will love it.

    And thanks for visiting my site and your great question!

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