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Old 08-24-2008, 10:59 AM   #1
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Can I Freeze Fresh Basil?

So we are having a bumper crop of basil right now and I don't want to let it all go to waste (and I know I'll regret it in January). I've heard of people making pesto, freezing it in ice cube trays and taking it out and using it as needed. I am short on time right now though. Can I just pick the basil and throw it in baggies and put it in the freezer? I'd rather do it this way than dry it and lose that fresh flavor. Anyone done this before? TIA!

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Re: Can I Freeze Fresh Basil?

I've done it for a few years now and it works fine. The leaves get dark and aren't pretty anymore but they still retain flavor and are fantastic for cooking.

Do it!
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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If you toss them with olive oil before freezing or just pack them tight and coat them with oil, it preserves the color/texture of the leaves a little better and you can make Pesto in the cold season
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Re: Can I Freeze Fresh Basil?

You san mince it up add a little water and freeze them in ice cube trays.
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Re: Can I Freeze Fresh Basil?

It adds a step, but I freeze the leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and then bag the frozen leaves. It helps keep them from freezing into a big clump.
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Re: Can I Freeze Fresh Basil?

Great info mamas! We have our first basil here, and great stuff. Thanks for starting this thread! I wondered if I could can pesto.... So you just make it and freeze in ice cube trays??
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Re: Can I Freeze Fresh Basil?

that is a great idea... the ice cubes with pesto.
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If you toss them with olive oil before freezing or just pack them tight and coat them with oil, it preserves the color/texture of the leaves a little better and you can make Pesto in the cold season
I am trying this tomorrow! I've got tons of basil and I haven't been using it at all. Great tip! Thanks!
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