Since i want the basil plants to be full and bushy i needed to pinch off some of the leaves and stem. Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water.
Chop and freeze.
How to preserve basil leaves. You can also try. A post shared by julie passivegreenie on jul 31 2018 at 7 49am pdt. Scoop the resulting mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
Put fresh basil leaves into a colander that fits into the pot it s important to have the basil in something so you can quickly remove it all at once. This will keep the basil from turning black in the freezer. Remove the basil leaves from the stem then wash and dry completely.
Wash dry basil leaves. Strip the leaves from the stems and transfer to freezer bags and freeze. 5 ways to freeze fresh basil 1.
Transfer the finished cubes to freezer bags and use as needed. Before freezing the basil needs to be completely dry. Flash freeze no blanching this is a very simple method to do.
But what can you do with the trimmings. You can lay them out in a single layer and pat it dry with paper towels. Use a food processor to puree the fresh basil leaves with olive oil.
Spread the leaves thinly in the bags and store flat. Freeze the pureed basil in an ice cube tray then store in a large resealable plastic bag or freezer safe container. This will enable you to break off just what you need when you want to use some but not all of a bag of frozen herbs.
Here s how to preserve fresh basil so you can enjoy it all winter long. How to blanch freeze basil leaves. The basil i seeded just a few weeks ago is already in need of trimming.
One of the easiest ways to preserve basil is to freeze the basil leaves. Freezing blanched basil leaves. You can simply freeze the whole basil leaves or chop them and store them in a container or freezer bag but keep in mind that they might shrink a little.
Use a food processor to coarsely chop washed basil leaves. Freeze basil leaves. Add a drizzle of olive oil and pulse to lightly coat the leaves with oil.
Begin by washing your basil leaves removing any stems or black places on the leaves. Use 1 tablespoon of olive oil per 1 cup of basil. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
Pat the blanched basil dry.