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3 Ways To Preserve Basil

February 28, 2020 //

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Sometimes you haven’t had a chance to use your basil fast enough, you end up with an overabundance of it, or you stock up while it’s BOGO in our Farm Market! Here are 3 ways of preserving it so it lasts!

Freeze Whole Leaves

Freezing whole leaves preserves the flavor and the life of your fresh basil. Believe it or not, you can use frozen basil the same way you would fresh basil! When you freeze it, however, the leaves shrink, so plan on using a little bit more!

Instructions:

  1. Remove the stems of the basil, and blanch each leaf for about 2-3 seconds in boiling water.
  2. Immediately transfer the leaves to an ice bath.
  3. Place the leaves on towels and allow them to dry completely.
  4. Layer the dry leaves on parchment paper in a freezer-safe container!

Freeze In Olive Oil

Easily add basil to salad dressings, sauces, a sautee pan or soups with this easy preservation method!

Instructions:

  1. Finely mince or chop basil.
  2. Add the basil to an ice tray and cover it with olive oil.
  3. Allow it to freeze overnight.
  4. Store in a freezer-safe container.

Dry It

Dried basil isn’t as flavorful as fresh or frozen basil, but it has its own earthy profile and tastes even better if you make it yourself!

Instructions:

  1. Heat your oven up to it’s lowest temperature.
  2. Place the basil leaves on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Cook for 2-4 hours, check each hour after 2 hours until the basil is dry and crumbly.
  4. Crumble the basil and store in airtight glass containers.

Note:¬†You can also use a dehydrator! Dehydrate the leaves based on your dehydrator’s instructions.

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