Storing basil

Harvest and Store
July 24, 2009

As many of you already know, the best way to store basil is freezing it in ice cubes.
During winter, a basil cube will be like a summer sunbeam added to your ragout, soups, quiches...

BasilYou can also freeze together different varieties of basil: thai basil has a wild aroma, tulsi is more delicate, cinnamon and licorice basil add the aroma from which they are named.


Basil1. Harvest basil leaves and tops. Wash them and put on a kitchen towel to dry them.

2. Mince with mezzaluna or a blender.


Basil cubes3. Put the minced basil in an ice cube container and store them in the refrigerator.

I use this method to store all my basil plants.



Herbes de ProvenceBasil can be also dried, but it will lose its flavor soon.
I use dried basil only for the Herbes de Provence (Provençal herbs) mixture. More info: Storing Herbes de Provence.

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