Basil is like a precious jewel (if you picked too much and have to discard some). Now you don't have to - here are instructions from Better Homes & Gardens on how to store and freeze fresh basil.
To store basil
- Choose fresh herbs at their prime for the longer-lasting results. Look for basil that has evenly colored, fresh-looking leaves with no brown spots or signs of wilting.
- Cut ½-inch from the bottom of the stems and stand the sprigs upright in a glass jar.
- Fill the jar with enough cold water to cover the stems by 1 inch.
- Loosely cover the leaves with a plastic bag.
- Store at room temperature for up to 1 week.
To freeze basil
Make basil pesto and freeze in an ice cube tray or small jars. Once frozen, keep the cubes in a freezer bag or container to add a burst of flavor to soups and sauces.
Easy Basil Pesto Recipe
The New York Times has a wonderful Easy Basil Pesto Recipe. Remember to use high quality olive oil and freshly grated parmesan or romano for the best flavor. One reviewer added that it it is even better with a pinch of kosher salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.