How to freeze fresh basil from your garden to use long after we say goodbye to summer!
This week's Thursday's Tip will show you how to freeze fresh basil from your garden to use long after we say goodbye to summer. There are a few different ways to freeze basil, but I like to make frozen basil cubes with olive oil. This is a great method to use so you have fresh basil on hand for any soup, stew or tomato based recipe you'll be making come the next few months.
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Prepare the Basil
After you have picked all the basil from your garden, take it off the stem, wash and dry it. I like to use my salad spinner to make sure all the water is removed.
This salad spinner is very similar to the one I've had for years. My sister gave it to me for my birthday when we started our first garden. It works great.
Chop the Basil
Using either a food processor or a sharp knife, cut the basil leaves into small pieces and place in an ice cube tray.
I love these ice cube trays! You could store the frozen basil cubes in them!
Pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil into each individual ice cube holder. Freeze the tray until each cube is frozen solid. This could take a few days.
Remove Frozen Basil Ice Cubes
Remove the frozen basil ice cubes from the ice cube tray and store in a freezer safe plastic container or bag for up to 6 months. Don't forget to label the container so you know exactly what's inside!
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